By the Book: Kristen Hunt, Whittier Elementary

Kristen has been the media clerk at Whittier Elementary for over 15 years.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Matilda by Roald Dahl

What was the last great book you read?

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The last book that made you cry?

Marley and Me by John Grogan

The last book that made you laugh?

Can I Play Too? By Mo Willems, or any Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems

What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?

I didn’t enjoy reading until the summer I was ten years old. I would ride my bike to the Edmonds City Library and go straight to the children’s fiction section of the library. There I would look for just the right book. Often the librarian would come to make good suggestions for me. One in particular I read that summer was Harriet the Spy by Louis Fitzhugh. Others were the Boxcar Children and The Secret Garden.

What is the best book you were required to read as a student?

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

What book did you hate reading as a student?

The Odyssey by Homer

What is your favorite book to recommend to children?

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage


If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you pack?

Anne of the Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

3 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. I love the beauty of the National Parks book. And I like that you would take “Anne of Green Gables” to the island.

  2. I am so glad to see Kristen on the website. We have had many chats through the years. I loved the war that saved my life. It was my Beehive choice this year. I hope you are having a great summer. I also loved Les Miserables back in the day. I don’t know that I would take the hours to read that one again. I will always love the play and music however. See you soon.

  3. The Secret Garden is one of my favorites! Thanks for reminding me to read it again.

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