Book “D” of the Alphabet Soup Challenge is one I picked out at a library near the university where I work, Over the Hills and Far Away by Matthew Dennison. Published in 2017, it is a fine biography of Beatrix Potter, renowned children’s author and illustrator. I learned many fascinating facts about Potter that demonstrated how ahead of her time and what a resilient, versatile woman she was. The photographs and illustrations added a nice touch to the author’s description of a woman I have come to admire.
Author: Rae Longest
This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus 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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