Hello everyone! I’m looking forward to seeing all the students in the building again this week! Last year on the blog I started a feature called “HHCS Reads”, where I ‘interview’ various staff members about their reading lives. I realized I’ve never done a post like this on myself as a reader, so here goes! As you can see in the picture below, one of my favourite childhood books was the Anne of Green Gables series. I have various versions of these books around the house and have them on display. I read and re-read all of the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery many times. I travelled to Prince Edward Island many years ago and had a wonderful time exploring all the ‘Anne’ tourist attractions and reading on the beaches.
Another favourite childhood book series was the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. I loved escaping to the land of Narnia. Some of you know that I have 3 daughters. My middle daughter’s middle name is Lucy- after author Lucy Maud Montgomery, and the character of Lucy in the Narnia books.
My favourite thing about reading is that it takes you somewhere new- see the quote on the picture below. I love experiencing different things through books. Books are an amazing way to be a life-long learner. Literature and the arts are so important in so many ways. My go-to genre is specifically World War II historical fiction. Probably a lot of my interest in that is because of my grandparents’ experience in the war. I do try to expand what I read though – I am in a book club with some other women and we challenge ourselves to read new genres and sub-genres.
As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, I also have a love of vintage children’s books. If you want to see some posts about that you can just click on the tag over at the side of the blog. As a teacher-librarian, of course I have a love of modern children’s literature as well. A favourite picture book series are the books by Jory John.
A chapter book series that I love to recommend in the How to Train Your Dragon series. There are 12 books in this series by Cressida Cowell. I read all of them with my oldest daughter when she was younger. They are hilarious, adventurous, and so well-written! I have just recently purchased them for the school library so they are ready for checkouts!
If there are any students or families reading this blog that would like to be ‘interviewed’ about your life as a reader or your family’s love of reading, please let me know! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next for this week we have a focus on music-related books for kids. Have a great week everyone!