I was a Children's Librarian for 23 years at six libraries and loved storytimes! Here are some of my favorites.
Everyone has five little piggies on each hand
and those piggies have fun! I never was sure who liked it the most, the kiddos or
King Bidgood will not get out of the tub, no matter who tries to convince him! The kids loved the humor and were amazed on how many things got in that tub…
What do you do when you are a little mouse and you need to keep a bear from your delicious treasure? Not only was this a favorite in storytimes, but it was the one in my daughter's diaper bag. We never left home without it!
Those monkeys! All they wanted was a gray cap or a brown or a blue cap or a red cap! The 4 and 5 year olds loved this, and, after reading it, I became the peddler and they were the monkeys.
Fourteen mysterious pictures with strange captions and eerie titles. The readers create the story. I took this to hundreds of classrooms….And got amazing stories from the students.
Yertle was king of all he could see, but he needed to rule more, so he had to go higher... no mater the cost to the other turtles. My father read this to me as a child, and I was thrilled to share it on tours and outreach events.
Great for interactive groups, but I really love the message. All through our life we will have obstacles that we can't go over, can't go under or go around must go through it.
This has always been a favorite part of the job, so much so, it didn't seem like a job. Here are favorites for grade schoolers.
It is hard being 5 years old when everyone around you is bigger and bossier. Ramona was my go-to when there was no Junie B. Jones on the shelf; or for people who were ready for the next step.
Betsy and Tacy are best friends and played with paper dolls, made up stories and tormented older sisters. They were my first literary friends when I was a child and reading their books started my love of reading. Their friendship in the early 1900s made this a great choice for choices beyond the American Girl stories.
Five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s. Their great joy was going to the public library for new books every Friday. My great joy was always been the amazing librarian who could find books for each sister.
Back in 1997, we received an advanced reading copy of a book soon to be published in the United States. It had taken the British literary world by storm. I was asked to given it a read, and see if Arizona kids could relate to an eleven year old boy... who finds out he is a wizard... and who is sent to a boarding school for magical children...
Insects come alive when two people read these delightful poems. I used this for a middle school book club. It was magical to hear the mothers and daughters read these poems!
In 1989, I was asked to be the first librarian to be designated as a Teen Librarian. Here are some favorites over the years…..
Lyra Belacqua and her daemon Pantalaimon spend their days tease the scholars of Jordan College until Lord Asriel announces that he's learned of astonishing events taking place in the far north.
Jonas lives in a world where everything is uniform. At age 12, he will receive his life assignment from the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind their perfect world.
Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle's mother leaves home suddenly on a spiritual quest. She retraces her mother's route and hears the tale of another young girl whose mother has also left home.
Brian spends fifty-four days alone in the wilderness, surviving with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother.
In 2001 and 2003 I was honored to represent Phoenix Public Library on the ALA award committees for youth, the Printz Award and the Newbery Award. Here are some favorites from that experience.
Deep in the coal mines of Wales, mysteries stay buried, some would think forever. But after Kit enters the mines, he sees images of events from a hundred years before, clearer than images on the outside.
Chris Creed vanishes, leaving a strange email note for his classmates to read. Is he a runaway, a suicide, or a crime victim?
Crisipin, a poor orphan who roams through medieval England with a minstrel troop has one possession—a plain lead cross. But within this cross lies the biggest secret of Crispin's life.
The summer of '59 was when Hallie's life changed. The uncle she never knew she had was sent home from "the special place for special people."
Construction on vacant lots is a good thing for the economy, but not so good for the burrowing owls. Roy joins other kids as they attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from destruction.