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Miss Annie Sez

Posted by Susan T. on September 22, 2009 at 12:27 PM in Chapter BooksLibrariesPicture Books
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In my town, Miss Annie has a following. A big following--of babies, chess players, chapter-book readers, and parents who can chant "Alligator Pie" along with her.

Miss Annie (her real name is Annie Reuter) works in the children's department at the Westport (CT) Library. Some years back, my son and I took part in many of her toddler story times. A fifth grader now, he stops by to chat with her. So do I.

Recently, after she finished up supervising the Wednesday junior chess club, I asked Miss Annie for her latest read-aloud recommendations. Here's her list. Each book works for a group or one-on-one.

For first and second graders: Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers 

For kindergartners: The Moonglow Roll-O-Rama, by Dav Pilkey 

For three and four year olds: Preschool to the Rescue, written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand 

Miss Annie is one of a fabulous staff of book lovers in the children's section of our library. They all know information like this!

What are your local librarians recommending these days? Stop by and ask. You'll get lots of good ideas.

P.S. The full text of Dennis Lee's poem "Alligator Pie" is online at the University of Toronto Library. Click here to read it.


adrienne writes...

I will testify that we librarians are always BURSTING with recommendations and one of our favorite things to do is share them. It is, for instance, WAY better than filling out the monthly statistics report, which is the sort of thing we're probably doing if you see us typing away on a computer.

Susan T.Author Profile Page writes...

I can imagine, Adrienne!

I always enjoy your recommendations, too. That's the beauty of the Internet; your library is about 400 miles from me!

Lori writes...

Okay, I live in CT, too and in my town, we have a Miss Ann! How funny!

Me and my two boys just love attending her preschool storytimes and all of the other programs the library has to offer.

Our librarians are a wonderful resource to get our kids interested in the library and reading and I can't agree with you enough that if you're not sure what to read, just ask them.

All the best,

Susan T.Author Profile Page writes...

Lori, yes, indeed--librarians have good recommendations. We have some wonderful libraries here in CT, don't we?

Also, be on the lookout for the Rabbit Hill Festival of Children's Literature, sponsored by the Westport Library. It takes place in late October. Nonfiction is the focus this year.

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