Tuesday, March 31, 2020

By the Book with Mrs. Barenboym, Grade one teacher and fellow book lover!

"You seemed so far away," Miss Honey whispered, awestruck.
"Oh, I was. I was flying past the stars on silver wings," Matilda said. "It was wonderful."
-Matilda by Roald Dahl

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
As a child, the library was my favorite place. There was
something about the smell and welcoming sight of all those books, who would be my long time friends! My mother took my siblings and I to the library weekly and we "sucked up books" as fast as we could. I remember moving to the back of the children's room to find a biography on Bill Pete or nonfiction books about the ballet schools in Paris. BUT I was no stranger to fiction! I love reading horse books like Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry or every Roald Dahl book from cover to cover. Picture books like The Seamstress of Salzburg by Anita Lobell was one I checked out again and again just to look at the illustrations! I would read anything on everything from cereal boxes to shampoo bottles!

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
My ideal reading experience is outside in my hammock with an icy lemonade or curled up with a cozy blanket and a cup of tea. I always have one or two books tucked into my bag wherever I go!

What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently? I am currently reading Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman. I am fascinated by how a story can be created through researching letters and diaries from the past.
You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite? That is such a difficult question! If was to narrow it down to three authors I would choose Beatrix Potter (who I would hope to give me some drawing lessons), Trenton Lee Stuart who wrote The Mysterious Benedict Society series (who I would chat with about world building), and Jack Gantos who wrote Rotten Ralph and Joe Pigza. I have seen him speak numerous times and he would liven up any literary dinner party.


  1. I love your literary dinner party! Can I come? Those are such diverse authors!

  2. As a child I always chose a book by the cover. Beatrix Potters book illustrations have always been perfection!