My Biblio History
The titles listed are the books that have resonated with me at different points throughout my life:
Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1938) – I was so taken with this book in first grade. I don’t have tons of memories from that time but I can clearly remember reading this one over and over.
The Ghost of Windy Hill by Clyde Robert Bulla (1968) – My second grade teacher read this aloud to us and she had a spooky voice at just the right parts. When I became a teacher she gifted it to me. I tried reading it to my class but it was definitely not as good as I remembered it.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald (1947) – I loved the magic and how she got children to behave.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton (1952) – I liked the idea of little people living within a house.
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary (1975) – I could completely relate to Ramona worrying about her dad smoking. To this day I could draw the layout of the Quimbys’ house that I had pictured in my mind.
Depend on Katie John by Mary Calhoun (1961) – It was my first encounter with a dumbwaiter and I was fascinated!
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (1961) – This was the book that taught me if there is a dog on the cover you won’t finish the book without a good cry.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884) – My eighth grade English teacher would assign a section to read and come in to discuss. I couldn’t wait to get to class each day and hear the layers to this book. I thought, “I want a job where I get kids excited this much each day.”
A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959) – This was required summer reading in high school and it was a tear jerker. This is why I like the idea of required reading. I would not have picked up this title on my own.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960) – This was another required summer read and it opened my eyes to a different time period.
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908) – Imagine that I was only introduced to Anne Shirley in college by my friend! We talked my mom into taking us on a bus tour to Prince Edward Island to see Green Gables. It was one of the best trips and places I’ve been.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (1989) – I liked the spiritual aspects of this book and gave it as gifts to people I cared about at the time.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (1998) – This is one of those books that starts a bit slow but, boy, if you give it a chance you will not be disappointed!
The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy (1984) – Each chapter is told by a different character who rides the lilac bus. Eventually their individual stories all form an interwoven story. I fell in love with Maeve Binchy’s style of writing and the settings in Ireland. I have read anything I can get my hands on by her ever since.
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (1983) – I absolutely love the friendship and respect between a settler and a Native American boy and read it aloud to many fourth grade classes over the years.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (2000) – Oh my word, the message of not being afraid to start over is one we all need to remember. This is another book I read to many classes.
Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia by Barbara O’Connor (2003) – For years we did an author study before Barbara O’Connor’s visit and this was always my favorite. Burdette Weaver is a character you root for.
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (2004) – This is like listening in to the best gossip fest you could ever imagine. I flew through this book and couldn’t believe my luck to find out it continued…
Something Blue by Emily Giffin (2005) – Yes, this time you hear a different point of view and you’ll be empathetic to both sides. Truly, a page turning book!
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor (2008) – This book ripped my heart out and I loved every minute of it.
The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone (2011) – This read aloud works for boys and girls so don’t get turned off by the title. It’s such a great historical fiction novel and the best part is the sequel, Romeo Blue, is equally as good which is rare.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947) – Our first bedtime reading routines revolved around this book like so many other families. It was my son’s first birthday theme and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for this title.
Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (2013) – This book is like those makeover shows that make you feel so good in the end. It’s a tough situation that has the best possible solution.
The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner (2014) – Love and loss are portrayed so beautifully in this young adult book.
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (2015) – I was so surprised by the way she wrote this. It was different from any book I’d ever read. She is so incredibly masterful I told anyone with ears how much I loved it.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (2015) – I really liked All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr but when I read this I was even more smitten. It is so heartbreaking to read what people during WWII had to endure.