By the Book: Allyson Rolfe, Granger Elementary

Allyson has been a media clerk at Granger Elementary for three years. She also works at the public library and is a member of the CLAU Beehive Graphic Novel Book Award committee.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

El Deafo by Cece Bell, Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier, and Fashionable Dead Down Under by Robyn Peterman

What was the last great book you read?


El Deafo by Cece Bell, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan and Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

The last book that made you cry?

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen made me sad, but I don’t cry when reading books.

The last book that made you laugh?

Counterfeit Convert by Linda Chadwick, Bullies in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley and The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Berry

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


I read anything and everything! My favorite books were Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughan, Round Trip by Ann Jonas, and Bill Peet’s The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg. When I got older, I loved the Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, I still have the whole series!

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

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

What book did you hate reading as a student?

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What is your favorite book to recommend to children?

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade: Frankencrayon by Michael Hall

3rd Grade-4th Grade: The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull

5th-6th Grade: The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

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

Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack, Heavenly Nostrils: Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Sampson, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

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9 thoughts on “By the Book: Allyson Rolfe, Granger Elementary”

  1. Johneen Anderson

    Thanks for your suggestions. You have given me some new ideas. I have enjoyed the Michael Vey books. Mr. Evans has come a long way since his first Christmas books. I enjoyed when he came and talked to our group a few years ago.

  2. It’s so fun to read about what others are reading, and what they recommend! Thanks for sharing, Allyson. If you come across some good graphics I would love suggestions. Our students can’t get enough of them!

    1. I really liked Hippopotamister, The Real Poop on Pigeons, Roller Girl, Sunny Side Up, Ghosts, The Stratford Zoo graphic novel series, The boys really like the Sports Illustrated graphic novels. Nnewts is popular, and I’ve yet to really figure out why. I read Rutabaga the Adventure Chef the other night and while it was really mindless and bizarre, it was funny.

  3. I enjoyed reading about the books you love to read and share. Michael Vey kept me on the edge of my seat, Frankencrayon is really a fun read. It was nice to get to know more about you.

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