Published January 19. 2014 4:00AM
A teenage girl wrote to me and told me that she became hooked on reading a few years ago when she picked up a book by historical fiction writer Ann Rinaldi. She said that prior to reading that book, she had always felt reading was dull and uninteresting.
You never know what book is going to be the turning point for a child. That's why it's important to read all kinds of books to children - from fiction, nonfiction and historical fiction to humor, poetry and beyond.
AT THE LIBRARY
"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; Candlewick; 198 pages
Read aloud: age 5, 6 and older
Read yourself: age 8, 9 and older
Edward Tulane is an extraordinary china rabbit who is loved by a little girl. She fusses over him so much that Edward begins to think of quite highly of himself. But when Edward is lost at the bottom of the ocean, he feels his first true emotion - fear.
Caught in a net by an old fisherman, Edward is presented to the fisherman's wife and she is delighted. Edward grows very found of the old couple and is happy with them for a long time. One day, their cruel daughter comes for a visit, steals Edward, and tosses him the trash dump. And so, Edward's story continues - loved and then lost, then found again by someone new and loved once more.
Library: Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Rd., Waterford
Library Director: Roslyn Rubinstein
Dept. Head of Children's Services: Christine Tkaczyk
Choices this week: "Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship" by Isabella Hatkoff; "The Incredible Journey" by Sheila Burnford; "Holes" by Louis Sachar
AT THE BOOKSTORE
"Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure" by David Meissner and Kim Richardson; Calkins Creek; 2013, 168 pages, $16.95 hardcover
Read aloud: age 9 and older.
Read yourself: age 10 and older.
In the summer of 1897, friends Stanley Pearce and Marshall Bond are in Seattle when the S.S. Portland steamship docked and 68 miners disembark with 4,000 pounds of gold they had mined in the Klondike goldfields. Pearce and Bond, along with thousands of others, can't get to the Klondike quickly enough to claim their own fortunes. But the trip is long and arduous and life in the Klondike is very challenging.
A true story that reads like a novel and is packed with photographs, maps and more, this will have readers on the edge of their seats.