Salute to Teachers and Books

The love of books was instilled in me by my parents. They were avid readers, and they made the public library a regular part of my life. Books have always put a smile on my face – especially my collection of children’s books.

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As a former teacher/librarian, it was important for me to introduce my students not only to new ideas, but also to a variety of book genres. One of my favorite times of the day was when we gathered together for a read aloud. Finding just the right book to keep students asking for more was an exciting challenge. Thought provoking books resulted in some incredible teaching moments and discussions.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and Children’s Book Week. I am reminded of all the hard-working teachers and talented authors and illustrators who have made a difference in my life and continue to make a difference in the lives of our children.

Reading opens up a world of new ideas and understanding. Children need ready access to books so they can discover the magic of words and pictures. Let them take wing and fly to places they’ve never been before.

Kudos to teachers and to those who create wonderful books for all to enjoy.

Looking for some good picture books? Check these out.

SLJ’s Top 100 Picture Books    http://tinyurl.com/qbsgket

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” ~ Alexandra K. Trenfor

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