By the Book: Kelli Handy, Taylorsville Elementary

Kelli is currently the media clerk at Taylorsville Elementary, before which she worked as a media clerk at Vista Elementary. Kelli is a passionate fan of children’s literature and is always looking for books that will get kids excited about reading.

What books are currently on your nightstand?


Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier, Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and three Star Darlings books by Shana Muldoon Zappa.

What was the last great book you read?

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

The last book that made you cry?

The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron

The last book that made you laugh?

The Far Side by Gary Larson

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

I loved Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries and anything from Beverly Cleary and Betsy Byars.

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

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

What book did you hate reading as a student?

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

What is your favorite book to recommend to children?

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

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


Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, Far Side by Gary Larson, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

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11 thoughts on “By the Book: Kelli Handy, Taylorsville Elementary”

  1. I enjoyed reading about you Kelli. I loved reading Nancy Drew too and Gary Larson is a favorite at my house. So funny!!

  2. Marjorie Briggs

    I think I saw the movie of “Where the Red Fern Grows” before I read it. It is such a moving and touching story. Thanks

  3. Johneen Anderson

    Where the Red Fern Grows is such a classic. Old Dan and Little Ann are forever in reader’s hearts. I never liked raccoons after hearing that story. Also, who could ever forget the Far Side jokes. Loved them. Thanks for your suggestions!

  4. Christine Fotheringham

    It is so fun getting to know you better Kelli. “Where the Red Fern Grows” is on my to-read list (and has been for a long time) but I just may have to bump it up to the top.

  5. I haven’t thought about the Far Side for a long time! I need to introduce those cartoons to my kids–they will love them!

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