Why did you decide to become a teacher-librarian?
I’ve always been fascinated by my teachers and the relationships we developed. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to become a teacher OR a librarian. I never imagined I would become a teacher-librarian. It wasn’t until I was almost done with my first master’s degree that I decided that I really needed to go to library school. The idea was always in the back of my head, but I kept coming up with excuses not to enroll in Dominican University’s MLIS program. Can you imagine if I had not taken that leap of faith?
I am the librarian I am today because I surround myself with positive friends who feel as passionately about libraries as I do. I engage in conversations with dedicated professionals who believe in the power of libraries, the power of words, and the power of belonging to a community of learners.
What are four ways caretakers and young readers can connect with books together?
- A child should read with an adult at least twenty minutes a day. Richard Peck says, “Read to your children. Twenty minutes a day. You have the time, and so do they.”
- Children need to see authors as real people. Take your child to author and literacy events at local bookshops and public libraries. Sometimes this gives them the confidence they need to become active readers.
- Kate DiCamillo’s platform as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature resonates with me. Every educator and parent should read what Kate wrote about how “Stories Connect Us.”
- Model good reading behaviors. Explore different formats, such as magazines, comic books, graphic novels, recipes, and newspapers. Read. Read. Read.
Which five books are you going to tell everyone about in 2016?
Only five? Really? OK, here we go.
- Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
- The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
- Pax by Sara Pennypacker
- Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
- Booked by Kwame Alexander
Please finish this sentence starter:
Picture books are…
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