Teacher Tuesday

Kimberley Moran is a second grade teacher who lives in Hampden, Maine. She has two children and one very nice husband. Kimberley would like her bio to make her sound brilliant, witty, and kind because she knows that when you write and read you get to be anyone you want to be.

Kimberly, please fill in the blank: You should never read and (blank) at the same time.

I read books all the time. I have actually read while I drove and I don’t recommend that. I have tried to cook and read at the same time. It can be done, but you might want to get one of those lucite things to slip your book into so it doesn’t get dirty or listen to it on audio instead. However, you should never ever never read and chop vegetables with a sharp knife at the same time. It’s just asking for trouble.

If you were invited to be on Oprah, what book would you bring for her to read?

If I was invited to be on Oprah, I would ask if she would let me have a sleepover first. I think I’d like a visit at her house. I heard she has really nice sheets and special soaps, plus I love Cocker Spaniels. I would bring the book The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay because it was completely transformative for me as a reader. It began my long obsession with coming of age books.

What is the funniest book you’ve read?

I was introduced to many books from a couple I met in my 20s who inspired me to line my walls with books. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend made me laugh until I cried.

What is the saddest?

I have read just a whole lot of historical books about World War II, but none of them prepared me for the emotions I would encounter while reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was heart warming and heart breaking in a way I had never experienced before.

Favorite reading snack/beverage?

I love to drink hot tea with cream and sugar in pretty mug when I read. It makes me feel warm and cozy and ready to learn from my newest book.

What’s next on your TBR list?

I adore Ann Martin and ordered her new book Rain Reign as soon as I could, but I’ve had to put it on the back burner because I am a Cybils first round judge right now and that reading has to take precedence, but I plan to read it over Christmas vacation.

Teachers, librarians, reading coaches, principals, custodians, lunch ladies, anyone with school connections: Please play along! Email me here and I’ll get you the questions so you, too, can be featured on Teacher Tuesday. 

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  1. Elizabeth Varadan, Author

    I enjoyed learning these things about you. Books really are so transformative. I’ve especially enjoyed your Hattie books — I love historical fiction — and learning the book that inspired you to write coming of age novels.

  2. Rosi

    More books for my TBR list. I always find good books here on Teacher Tuesday. Thanks for the tips.

  3. KarenC

    Hooray, Kimberley, for plugging Adrian Mole. Truly funny book. He was a great influence on Catherine Called Birdy.

  4. Jennifer Reynolds

    Kimberley is my teaching and writing hero! My own blog and my classroom book choices are better because of her wisdom and recommendations! Love her!
    Stories and Songs in Second