I come from a long line of book lovers. So it is no surprise that my mom is in a book club ("The Book Bag Ladies') and is a avid reader. One of her club mates, Beth, is a dear family friend and a wonderful librarian. When I dreamed up Book Month on Momtrends, I knew I had to tap into Beth's knowledge base.
Beth started as volunteer in her children's elementary library. She soon realized her dream was to be a librarian. At age 40, she went back to college to get a Master's in Library Science at the University of Maryland. After three years she graduated with an MLS (20 years to the day she received her BA in English from Indiana University).
Beth was soon hired as a school library media specialist. She says, "Having my very own library with every Newbery and Caldecott winner and honor book as well as many other great books was heaven." Beth loved to pour over book catalogs and embrace new authors. The books she recommends come from "years of enjoying fantastic, imaginative, realistic and poetic literature for all ages." Everything on her list has have been nominated for the "Black-Eyed Susan" awards (Maryland, my home state's literary honor):
Here Comes the Cat! by Frank Asch (few words, Russian and English)
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming (anything she and Candace Fleming write is worthwhile and appropriate for the age)
Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberly (little ones will not be able to keep their fingers off this book), author-illustrator is a Caldecott Medalist
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon ( the girl loves broccoli even though it is not cool)
Lizards, frogs, and polliwogs by Doug Florian (Poetry)
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (non-fiction picture book for animal lovers)
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violinby Lloyd Moss (great intro to the Orchestra)
The Singing Snake by Stefan Czernecki (folk tale from Australia)
The Worryworts by Pamela Duncan Edwards (alliteration at its best)
Grandparents and all ages
Grandpa's Teeth by Rod Clement
This Land Is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie
Take Me Out to the Ballgameby Jack Norworth
Leaf Manby Lois Ehlert ( you will love how she reproduced her fall leaves)
And one final note. When picking books, Beth suggests you consult your kids and "it wouldn't hurt to ask a librarian for help, if you want to surprise your favorite young readers."