By the Book: Chris Christensen, Stansbury Elementary

Chris has been a media clerk at Stansbury Elementary for four years. Stansbury Elementary is one the biggest elementary schools in the district and Chris does a great job of managing a large volume of classes, without ever sacrificing quality time in which students get to self-select books.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff, and religious books.

What was the last great book you read?


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The last book that made you cry?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The last book that made you laugh?

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir About Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

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

Not a big-time reader. I remember staying home sick in 4th or 5th grade and reading Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan in the big grey chair. By Junior High, I had started reading more.

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

I remember reading Thomas Hardy novels in High School English class

What book did you hate reading as a student?

I cannot remember.

What is your favorite book to recommend to children?


There are so many… Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin, Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor, and the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems.

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

Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Chang, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and my scriptures

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9 thoughts on “By the Book: Chris Christensen, Stansbury Elementary”

  1. I enjoyed reading about you and what you read. I will have to check out The Nightingale, sounds like a great book. Thank you!

  2. Johneen Anderson

    One of my favorite read aloud story times was Fancy Nancy. I brought in some fancy clothes in a chest and we dressed up a student from each class with boas, hats, rings and such. The kids had a blast.

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