Teacher Tuesday

Today’s guest’s parents must have known she was going to grow up and become a librarian and that is why they named her Alpha! Alpha DeLap can be found on Twitter, @alphaselen, or at her personal website or her school library Facebook page (she is part of the staff of St. Thomas School, in Medina, Washington).

Thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to play along, Alpha. Please fill in the blank: You should never read and (blank) at the same time.

You should never read and drive a car at the same time. I actually did see someone reading their Kindle during my morning commute a couple of weeks ago. Not listening to Audible but reading text. Aaah!

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

I think she and I like the same kinds of books, realistic novels where individuals overcome great challenges (often traumatic) to make a difference in the world. So that in mind, I might bring her Ann Martin’s Rain Reign, one of my favorite Middle Grade novels from 2014 about a young girl on the autistic spectrum who makes many courageous choices, several of them quite surprising.

What is the funniest book you’ve read?

I would have to say the funniest book I have read is David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day…My husband and I read this out loud to each other over one summer and I can still remember the tears rolling down my cheeks. Recently, I really enjoyed Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please. She and I are the same age and have many of the same awkward/funny references from the 80s.

What is the saddest?

One of the saddest books I have read was Terry Tempest Williams’s Refuge because it deals with the devastation that humankind has wrought on the earth and other beings, including themselves, through nuclear warfare.

Favorite reading snack/beverage?

Right now my favorite beverage is a tall medici with almond milk from Cloud City Coffee in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of NE Seattle.

What’s next on your TBR list?

Sharon Draper’s Stella by Starlight

Thanhha Lai’s Listen, Slowly

Pamela Munoz Ryan’s Echo

Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places

Cynthia Hand’s The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Emily Jenkin’s A Fine Dessert

Matt de la Pena’s Last Stop on Market Street

Teachers, librarians, reading coaches, principals, custodians, lunch ladies, anyone with school connections: Please play along! Email me (see that contact button at the top right hand corner of this page?) and I’ll get you the questions so you, too, can be featured on Teacher Tuesday.

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  1. Rosi Hollinbeck

    I really have to get to Rain Reign. I have a copy. I just haven’t had time. I love that when you ask what is next on Alpha’s TBR list, she lists seven books. Yeah, I get that. Thanks for a fun post.