The literature section in the library beckons to me. I speed toward the back of our Trumbull Library for a gulp of the grown-up eight-hundreds, then head into the children’s room for a look at what’s new there.
This week I’ve found two great books, one in each section, but neither is new. I can’t believe I’m finding them just now.
So first, the book I found in the children’s room. I read about this one in Sutton’s FAMILY OF READERS. It’s called A KICK IN THE HEAD, AN EVERYDAY GUIDE TO POETIC FORMS, written by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Chris Raschka. It’s a rollicking look at poetry forms that I think teachers would love, and kids, too. It’s so clear, so appealing; you can’t help wanting to try your hand at a couplet, or an acrostic, or maybe even an epitaph.
In the adult section, I found THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE, edited by Roxanne J. Coady and Joy Johannessen. Inside, seventy-one writers write about books that mattered to them. We’ve all read about writers’ literary choices, but this one really spoke to me.
Anne Lamott remembers wanting Pippi Longstocking to be her best friend, and says, “Oh, Jo—thank you, God, for Jo.” Jeff Benedict remembers THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD; Claire Cook says that Nancy Drew changed her life; and Sara Nelson talks about MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR, a book that still has a place in my own library.
How could I not love those writers’ essays? I nodded over their choices…agreeing, of course, agreeing.