Instead of writing about a kid’s book I have read and would like to recommend, let me list some titles I recently “inherited” for my Little Free Library.  I want to read ALL of them (literally a whole car full–hatchback, back seats and floors, front seat passenger side), but cannot pick where to start. The following from the first batch look promising. Have you read any of these? Let me know where I should begin.

The Circuit by Francisco Jiminez

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr

For Your Eyes Only by Jonne Rocklin  Catherine Br

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdich

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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