By the Book: Dana Valencia, Oakridge Elementary

Dana has been a media clerk in Granite School District for 12 years. She currently works at Oakridge Elementary, where she has worked hard to update the collection and make the library easy to navigate.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

The Jane Austen collection and the eBooks that are on my iPad (too many to name).

What was the last great book you read?


The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers by Avi, a great read!

The last book that made you cry?

The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers by Avi

The last book that made you laugh?

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas. Watching my students interact with the story was great. Lots of laughs!

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


I loved to read, I especially enjoyed the Sweet Valley High series.

What is your favorite book to recommend to children?

The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and the Princess Academy series by Shannon Hale.

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


Anything by Jane Austen, a picture book by Jan Thomas to make me smile, and Red by Liesl Shurtliff.

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12 thoughts on “By the Book: Dana Valencia, Oakridge Elementary”

  1. I Love Jane Austin books too! I think some of them are funny in how the characters talk around each other and how everything during that time period was so proper and polite. I need to read them all over again!

  2. The “How to Make a Scary Face” book sounds like one I would like to try out with my students. Thank you for the recommendation!

  3. It is fun to get to know you better. I have always loved books by Avi. Thanks for your suggestions. I don’t have Red yet but love Rump and Jack.

  4. Christine Fotheringham

    The things you learn! I didn’t know that “Rump” had companion books. Time to get my purchasing hat on! Loved learning more about you Dana.

  5. “Most Important Thing” sounds like an interesting book. I will have to look into it. I thought I had most of Avi’s books but apparently I missed this one. Thanks.

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