Thursday, March 26, 2020

By the Book with Mrs. Notte, Grade 5 teacher and bookworm!

Today's guest blogger is Mrs. Notte, who apparently shares a love of a certain series with other staff members. Read more to find out!

“You can't always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.” 
― Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
I was an avid reader as a child.  I often had several books going at a time and would get so engrossed that I would tune out conversations around me.  To my parents’ endless dismay, I also would tune out them as well!  I would need several interruptions from them to do some of the household chores like setting the table for dinner, walking the dogs, et cetera.  As soon as I would complete those jobs, I was back to my book! 

I loved reading the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I still remember the Christmas that I received the boxed set as a gift.  It was the highlight of the holiday.  I read and reread those books until they looked as well-loved as they actually were!  That definitely sparked an interest in historical fiction for the rest of my life.

Carolyn Keene was another author that I was passionate about!  I read the entire Nancy Drew series.  Again, one of the best gifts I ever received was a book a month subscription!  Each month I would receive the next book in the series and would read that book at least twice before the next month’s offering arrived.

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
My ideal reading experiences vary depending on the season.  In the colder months, I love lounging on the couch with a fire merrily crackling, and a hot beverage to sip placed nearby.  In the summer months, the deck calls to me in the morning.  I bring out my book and my coffee, and settle in with the birds chirping and the cool morning breezes fluttering my pages on occasion. When the heat sets in, it is time to bring my book and a chair and sit at the beach!

What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
I read a lot of classic books now.  Currently, I am reading a series by Anthony Trollope.  I learned there are many expressions or uses of figurative language that I have never heard before.  For example, “I’m as round as your hat, and as square as your elbow!” I really need to use the context clues to understand these!

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
That would be a difficult choice!  However, hands down Kate DiCamillo would be my top choice.  She brings such a unique “voice” to each of her books.  I would also invite Angie Sage, a British author who writes outstanding fantasy books which are funny and adventurous at the same time!  Lastly, I think I would invite Laura Ingalls Wilder and ask her the many questions I have wondered about her life growing up when our country was still so young.

Many thanks to Mrs. Notte! Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you!


  1. I read all my moms old original Nancy Drews too! My first art award was a book cover for Little House in the Big Woods from the little House on Prarie series. Mom and I would watch the tv shows laying like book ends on the couch and peek over the blanket to see who Laura and Pa would make cry first. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. I never knew we had so much in common Michele! :)

  3. I loved Nancy Drew when I was younger! I think she was my introduction into the mystery genre...especially series mysteries which I still enjoy to this day.

  4. I too was a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Nancy Drew series! I had all the books in the Little House series and watched the program on tv with my family! Fun to find out you have so many common interests with the people you work with! :)

  5. I loved my set of Little House on the Prairie books and think my daughter still has her set. I remember ready Nancy Drew books when I would stay overnight with my grandmother and aunt.

  6. Oh Michele, it is no surprise to me that we have common reading interests! I had forgotten about the Little House series- loved it!!!