Keri has been a media clerk at Moss Elementary for ten years.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons, The Book of Mormon, and The Reading Zone: How to Help Students Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual and Critical Readers by Nancie Atwell.
What was the last great book you read?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio, I think every 5th and 6th grader should read it.
The last book that made you cry?
The War That Changed My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The last book that made you laugh?
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale. I know it is not a funny story, but Nathan Hale’s clever writing made me laugh.
What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?
I loved to read from the very beginning, probably because my parents read to me. I loved P.D. Eastman’s books, in fact, Go, Dog, Go and Are You My Mother are still at the top of my favorite books list. I read all of Beverly Cleary’s books, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods series, Marguerite Henry’s horse stories (hers and everyone else’s, I loved books about horses), and Donald Sobol’s Encyclopedia Brown series. I also read many of Louis Lamour’s books because I saw my dad reading them.
What is the best book you were required to read as a student?
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I could cry right now just thinking about it.
What book did you hate reading as a student?
I really can’t think of one… I must have blocked it out.
What is your favorite book to recommend to children?
Aside from the books I’ve already mentioned, I love to recommend any Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. I think they work for all ages.
If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you pack?
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster- I think it is such a clever book with many layers
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor- because I have been wanting to read it again
The Book of Mormon– I think it is a must-read