Me, Tina Zubak at 6 and with family. I must have a thing for blue dresses.
Hi! I am the new librarian in the children’s department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh -Main. I was Children’s and Teens’ Librarian at the Beechview branch for 10 years and although it was great there, I’m on to new adventures.
I fell in love with children’s books and decided I wanted to write them when I read about a witch when I was seven. I fell in love once more when I read to my son Chris.
I’m still struggling with becoming a writer. But being a librarian, sharing books I love and books I think you’ll love, is a wonderment and joy. How lucky can one person get!
I thought I’d’ tell you some of my favorite books. Today is about chapter books. Of course, for every one I include here, there are thousands of other worthy choices. In aphabetical order:
The BFG by Roald Dahl
A big, friendly giant whisks Sophie out of a horrid orphanage to his home after she spies him putting dreams into children’s heads. He is just a twitchy runt compared to other, more fearsome giants that live in his world. Together Sophie and the BFG hatch a plan to prevent the giants from guzzling “human beans.” I love the way the BFG mixes up words–it delights me every time.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
To me, Charlotte’s Web is perfect. Both the humans and barnyard animals come alive. You can see and smell and hear and taste this book. The stakes are high and the friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur is one of the most endearing and enduring ever.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
What would it be like growing up in a graveyard and having ghosts and otherworld creatures raise you? Nobody Owens is granted the protection of the graveyard after his family is murdered and he toddles into safety there. He learns old-fashioned facts, kindness and some pretty cool magic. We have this book in our Teen Department but I urge fifth and sixth graders to check out Neil Gaiman’s spellbinding masterpiece.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
This starts out with the hilarious observations of 10-year-old Kenny about his “juvenile delinquent” brother, Byron. When his mom and dad tire of Byron’s skipping school and other shenanigans, they decide they’re taking him out of Flint, Michigan to relatives in Birningham. What begins as a comedy ends up making a civil rights tragedy personal and touching.