Being Thankful

In this season of Thanksgiving, we here at Nerdy Chicks Rule asked librarians a simple question:

What is a book that you are thankful for and why?

Here are some of the fabulous answers we got:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“My fifth graders and teachers can’t get enough of this book! It teaches compassion with such humor and grace. We all cheeried for Augie at the end! And we agree, everyone should experience a standing ovation.” Mary from Sayreville, NJ

aliceAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll  

“When I was about 8 years old, someone gave me a $1.25 copy.  I read it over and over.  I had to ask grown-ups what some of the words meant, but I loved that story so much.  I would read the book out loud to my little brother and cousin – they would have to act out the story while I was the narrator.  I’ve always loved the magic and the humor in the book, and the fact that Alice is a nasty, mostly unlikable little girl.  That book also helped make me into an anglophile.  When I finally visited England, I bought tons of Alice gear at Harrod’s.  It sits in my library at home, next to a tin of Alice jelly babies from Harrod’s.” Christy from Columbia, MD

11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill

“Fun way to teach the scientific method and hypothesis.” Tom from Franklin Lakes, NJ

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

“For reminding us all that, indeed, ‘stories are light’, and for playing a role in the story my wife and I now share. We read the story aloud to one another during our courtship, found truth in its words, and have continued to read aloud together every since.” Matthew from Columbia, MD

The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

“It ties into social issues, science, math, and cultural issues.” Dawn from Pittstown, NJ

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

“It still makes me cry every time I read it.” Meredith from Flemington, NJ

All Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems

“I find at my level (k-3) it is a wonderful series that demonstrates friendship, illustrates voice, and is just plain funny.” Meg from Parlin, NJ

What books are you thankful for? Share your answers below!

4 comments on “Being Thankful

  1. Juliana Lee says:

    Nice list, gave me some new reading ideas too!

  2. Hi Sudipta!

    No doubt I could come up with quite an extensive list given enough time but my all time favorite book I am thankful for is THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein. The beauty of his words and insight into the true meaning of love is incredible to me on so many levels. I cry every time I read that book and believe me, I’ve read it many, many times over the years…

    Lovely post!

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin
    http://www.donnalmartin.com

  3. […] we posted some books that librarians are thankful for. The response was so positive that we thought we’d share a few […]

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