Newbery Honor Author, New York Times Bestseller, Time Traveler
I love, love, love that today’s guest on Teacher Tuesday is here because she was invited by a colleague — that’s exactly what I’m hoping will happen! So if you work in the schools — any job from librarian, to teacher to principal to secretary to custodian; any job!– and you yourself are too shy to play the Teacher Tuesday quiz, it would be wonderful if you would encourage a friend to try. I’d love to run this weekly and am going to need more people like Carrie Strine, who was sent the quiz by her friend, Eve Eaton (seven degrees of Kevin Bacon and all that). Carrie teaches grade 4 at Sidwell Friends School in Bethesda, Maryland (class twitter here) and is obsessed with traveling and reading – two hobbies that go hand in hand! Carrie! Thank you for being such a good sport. Now, how would you fill in the following blank:
You should never read and (blank) at the same time.
You should never read and chop onions at the same time. The onion smell may mask your tears, but your fingers will be in grave danger!
If you were invited to be on Oprah, what book would you bring for her to read?
I would bring P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia.
There are MANY things I love about this book, but the phrase P.S. Be Eleven woven into the story is a good reminder to us all to help kids be kids and to help parents remember that kids have big worries but we need to help them just be kids. As a lover of literature I also like this phrase as a reminder to parents to remember that their kids are just kids and there are plenty of great books out there for them to read – and not to rush into YA or Adult books that have themes not developmentally appropriate for them!
What is the funniest book you’ve read?
I LOVE Gooney Bird Greene (Lowry). The stories she tells makes me think and laugh all at the same time! I always hope a Gooney Bird Greene will walk in my class at the start of every school year!
What is the saddest?
This summer I read The One and Only Ivan(Applegate) on a long road trip with my husband. By the end of the book I was SOBBING! Such a powerful story that I plan to read it aloud this year to my class.
Favorite reading snack/beverage?
I love to snack on salty treats like Popcorn when I read, but have a sweet cup of hot chocolate as well!
What’s next on your TBR list?
Absolutely Almost (Graff) and The Center of Everything (Urban)
More books for my TBR list. Teachers always know what’s worth spending time with. Thanks for another interesting interview.