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June 1, 2016

We’re Thankful for Good Books

Like everyone else, at this time of year we are more aware than usual of the people, things, and moments that make us grateful. Last year, we took to our Facebook page and asked people questions about their favorite books, authors, and illustrators. This year, we did the same thing.

When we asked our readers to name their favorite novel or their favorite picture book, the answers ranged from the books we expected (Harry Potter, The Giving Tree, and To Kill a Mockingbird) to titles that were happy surprises (The Five Little Peppers series, The Funny Thing, and The Underneath). Most of the answers seemed to fall into specific categories—family reading, classroom lessons, and our personal relationships with books.

Below you’ll find some of our favorite answers!



Erika Reiser The Hobbit. It was a book that my Mom read to us when we were kids. She gathered us all in the living room & read a few chapters to us each night. Great together time!

April Ledebuhr-Kerrigan The Little House on the Prairie series… I read then when I was my daughter’s age and now sure is reading then to me… The precious time we spend together reading and laughing.

Melissa Dimont Leonard So many that I love, if I had to pick one it would be Goodnight Moon as that was the first one I read to my kids.

Kami N Justin Hartzell Guess How Much I Love You… Special memories of reading it to my kids. I would continue greater distances of how much I love them. I would say to the Andromeda Galaxy. My oldest couldn’t say it and would say dramakazally.

Samantha King Any Eric Carle – Brown Bear, Baby Bear, Polar Bear, Panda Bear. I also adore I Love You Goodnight. I just love snuggling my babies and showing them the wonder and excitement of a book! That’s what makes me thankful

Lori Hunter I am thankful for Love You ForeverThe Kissing Handand Guess How Much I Love You. These were my favorite go to books when my kids were small, especially after a “rough day.” I still can’t get through Love You Forever without crying and my son is now almost 17 years old (my oldest is 23). I can’t wait to pull them out and dust them off for my first grand baby.

Allyssa Cusimano Harry Potter. Fond memories of reading the 2nd book with my brother and then sharing them with our family. I would go at midnight to get the next one and then we’d fight over who got to read it first. Later the movies became a bonding experience with a friend, especially the final midnight showing.

Amy McDaniel Night Shift Daddy, I read that to my daughter every night for the longest time when her father started working the night shift. The Kissing Hand was another one we read over and over. The memories these two book provided, will always make them my favorites.

Diane Sayre Gyo Fujikawa’s gorgeously illustrated busy baby books gave me countless happy cuddle-reading moments with my two children. Now that my grandchildren snuggled with me as we enjoyed them, I’m considering writing happy memories on the pages & packing them away for the great-grandchildren.


Bonnie Parsons So many!! I just keep thinking back to the books I read with my 5th graders over the years and how a lot of the kids really enjoyed them…in most recent memory: The Underneath by Karen Apelt, Gossamer by Lois Lowry, The Shadow Children series by Margaret Haddix, Wonder by R. J. Palacio, The Power of Un by Nancy Etchmendy, Hiroshima by Lawrence Yep…..and more!

Lisa Houston Wonder by R. J. Palacio. I have twins and we’ve read it three times. I read it to my five reading fourth grade reading classes. What a wonderful story to show difference don’t matter in children or adults. Many of my students have bought the hardcover book to read on their own.

Whitney Walstra Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco. I can’t hardly read it without crying, but it is such a beautiful, moving, important book . . . and it challenges my students to become better, more empathetic, thoughtful kids.



Sue Brandt Sapien The Giver. It made me stop and appreciate so many things I often took for granted, plus it opened the door for so many other books for me to read.

Lori Hunter I would have to say Little Women, because it is the novel that finally sparked my youngest daughter’s love of reading.

Mia Padilla Schubert Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. I’ve borrowed it twice, bought three copies, read it over a dozen times, have had casual conversations in line over it, and it has kept me company when I was going through radiation therapy for thyroid cancer. It has been a very good friend.

Rachel Delzer Collar The one my daughter is trying to write. At 7 1/2 she is using her imagination like I do to create. Her story is titled The Shark that Came Back.

Maile Becka Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It always makes me smile and makes my own horrible, no good days seem less so.

Joe Eyres Thankful for The Chronicles of Narnia, Danny Champion of the World, Andrew Henry’s Meadow, The Westing Game, The Three Investigators series, and to my parents, my teachers, and librarians who showed me a love for books.



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