AUTHOR AIMEE REID SHARES LIBRARY LOVE
Welcome to Library Lions interviews. Author Aimee Reid is stopping by LL this month to share her books and her Library Love.
Library Love When I was a Cub
Thanks to the wonderful Beginners Books series from Random House and regular storytimes at home, I was reading when I entered Kindergarten. My teacher discovered this about me when she noticed me squatting by the classroom shelves, turning pages and moving my lips. She asked me to read the books to her, which I did. At first, she thought I had memorized them. Gradually, she realized that I had read all of the books in our classroom library.
My teacher called home and arranged to take me to the bigger school library so that I could pick out more books to read. Wow! I clearly remember looking up, up, up at the tall shelves filled with books of every size and description. “How many books can I take out?” I shyly asked. “As many as you like, dear,” was the answer. I’ll always be grateful to that teacher for noticing my appetite for books and feeding it.
More Library Love
From the moment my first book sold, I knew that I wanted to have my book launch in a library. I wanted to throw a party to which everyone was welcome. I wanted to celebrate all that is good about connecting children with books. And my wonderful local library system said yes!
Libraries are equalizers. As a former teacher, I have at times been keenly aware of the disparity between the high level of resources–computers, books, and enrichment opportunities–available to some students from their homes versus the restricted supports available to others. I was proud to be a part of a public education system that offered learning for all regardless of socio-economic status. I can tell you this: books and access to knowledge are essential. We need to make certain that all students can readily find the resources they need to thrive. What better way to do this than to keep school libraries healthy and pay librarians to be the expert guides our children need? I am proud to roar out my support for libraries.
A Lion’s Pride of Programs
At a recent library visit, the children and I moved like elephants and chanted elephant poems. We got creative with elephant crafts and tried on elephant tattoos. The children (and the adults) loved meeting Mama Gray and Little Gray in the form of my wonderful Folkmanis puppets. Finally, we read my story together. What a rich time of connecting to story and to one another.
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Posted on 05/28/2014 by Janet Lee Carey
Categories: Authors in Schools,Children's Authors,Children's Librarians,Elephants,NY Public Library,Penguin Random House,Picture Books,Random House,School Librarians,School Library Journal