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Introduction: Susan

Posted by Susan on April 19, 2009 at 6:53 PM in Introductions
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My name is Susan Kusel and I'm truly honored to be a Booklights blogger for PBS. I have an enormous passion for children's books dating back to my own childhood and I'm excited to share that with you in the posts to come.

I'm a children's librarian in Arlington, Virginia and I love what I do. Children's books have always been my main interest and it's fantastic to be in a job where I get to recommend books and work with children every day. I get to help kids find books about Curious George, dinosaurs, science projects and every other subject you can think of.

I do storytimes for babies, for preschoolers, for elementary school kids, and every age in between. I even do a weekly storytime in American Sign Language. I love to share wonderful books, fun music and puppets during storytime and watch children's eyes light up as they hear a new book for the first time.

It's always a thrill when I can help someone find the title of a book they've been searching for or when I can introduce new books to children who think they have read everything. And I learn so much from the kids I work with, whether it's a 2 1/2 year old who's an expert on the planets, a ten year old who is researching the expected life cycle of a toucan, or a high school student who needs information on Apollo 16.

I write a blog called Wizards Wireless, about children's books, comic strips and Harry Potter (which is one of my very favorite book series). I read and discuss children's books voraciously, am active in the American Library Association, and the Kidlitosphere (the organization of children's literature bloggers). My favorite part of every day is when I sit down with my son and read books to him at bedtime.

I'm looking forward to talking about some of my favorite topics here on Booklights: helping children love books and learn to read, wonderful picture books, and recommendations of books to share with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. I'm also going to be posting about libraries and how to use them effectively. I welcome your comments, feedback and opinions and I always love to hear about books you and your children enjoy.


Elaine writes...

Hi. I'm the grandmother of 2 little girls (one just turned 8, and one is 6) Their parents do not stress the value of reading as much as they should. I'd like to give them each a sturdy booklight and some very easy books for Christmas gifts. The 8 yr old has trouble reading, is going to Kumon for assistance, so I'm looking for something easy to read, but not babyish. The 6 yr old is in Kindergarten and hasn't read the bob books yet. I'd like to know your thinking - can you recommend a good booklight - maybe one they can just lay next to them when they are ready to fall alseep. Also, some book recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks, Elaine

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