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All of these reviews are written by the staff of the Reading Public Library Children’s Room. We asked everyone to name their favorite chapter books and picture books as well as a favorite time and place to read.

Mrs. Baumgartner — One genre I really enjoy is realistic fiction. Some of my favorites are Saffy’s Angel, Indigo’s Star, and the Exile Series by Hilary McKay. A fond memory from childhood is Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones. For picture books, I love almost anything by Robert McCloskey or Barbara Cooney. My favorite place to read is in a hammock when I’m on vacation.

Ms. Bender — I love realistic stories. They can contain a little bit of fantasy, but not too much. Some of my favorite chapter books are about kids that have very different experiences from my ordinary life; I like to learn about how other people live. Some of my favorites are: Home of the Brave, Alabama Moon, First Light, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, and Touch Blue. Some of my favorite picture books are: Buffalo Music, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, The Circus Ship, Bog Baby and from when I was very little, The Little House and A Little House of Your Own.
I always have a book with me, so I can read whenever I have a few free minutes. It also makes me feel like I have a friend with me even if I’m alone. But my favorite place to read is in bed at night. If the book is really good I can stay up all night, but if it’s just so-so then I’m sound asleep after a few pages.

Ms. Fisher — It is really hard to pick just a few chapter books to be my “favorites.” My favorites are changing all the time as I read new books, but here are a few titles that have remained on my list: The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen (a moving Holocaust story), Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (magical), Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (funny, moving, and cool to be inside the brain of someone with ADHD), and the Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins (great characters, involving plot, and a fabulous fantasy world). As far as picture books go, some old favorites are ones by Eric Carle (for the pictures) and William Steig (for the words). My latest funny favorite is Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka. I like to read nearly everywhere and anytime, except when I’m sleepy or in the backseat of a car. The best reading experiences are when I wake up early, sit in the sun on a lawn chair and read until I finish the whole book!

Mrs. McIntire — Some of my favorite chapter books are The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, Holes by Louis Sachar and The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle. Series I really enjoy are the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer and the Mennyms books by Sylvia Waugh. Fond memories from my childhood include Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton, The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Mulock Craik, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. My favorite time to read is on vacation, when I have a lot of wonderful uninterrupted time!

Mrs. Teixeira — As a child, I loved to read mystery stories, but as an adult, I’ve grown to love all types of stories, especially humorous stories about wonderful, quirky families or people. If this sounds like something you would like, check out books by Elizabeth Enright and Hilary McKay. Enright’s stories about the Melendy children and the Exile series by McKay are excellent! I also love fantasy books such as A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle and The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis. For picture books, I like funny books, such as Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann, and books with beautiful or touching stories and pictures, such as Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth.

Mrs. Waring — My favorite chapter books to read are fantasy books, especially ones by J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, James Thurber and Nancy Farmer. When I was little, my favorite picture books were Sunday Morning by Judith Viorst, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton and The Story of Ferdinand by Munroe Leaf. Some of my favorite current authors for picture books are Peggy Rathmann and Jules Feiffer. Where I like to read depends on the time of year. In nice sunny weather, I like to read on the front porch under the shade of our oak tree (with a glass of lemonade). In the winter or on a cold, rainy day, I like to read on our couch by the window with a big comfy blanket (and a cup of cocoa).

Ms. Wettergreen— Two of my favorite chapter books are Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. My favorite picture book is Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. If the weather is nice, my favorite place to read these books is on a beautiful Sunday morning in a comfortable hammock. But if the weather is bad, I’ll move inside in front of the fireplace to read.

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