Thursday, April 9, 2020

By the Book with Mrs. Zerilli, First Grade Teacher

The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon (Yee)

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
I had a tough time in first grade learning to read. I remember thinking it was a hard thing to do. Then, I had a teacher, Mrs. Higgins, that explained to me about making the picture in my head as I was reading and I started to really enjoy my books. :) I really LOVED Judy Blume when I was in grades 4-6. I loved the way she wrote and I felt like she really understood kids and how we think.

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
I LOVE to read on the beach when the water is calm and the beach is quiet. I spend many days in the summer on Old Garden Beach when very few are around so I can enjoy my books. :)

What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
I am always learning from books. I actually have a few running books that I use to help me if I have an injury or want to lengthen my distance. But lately, I have been using lots of COOK books to explore new recipes.

Your organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
I would invite Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and Kate DiCamillo. I love children's books and the experiences I have had either alone, with my own kids or with my students have all been enriched by these three amazing authors. If I had to pick just one: Kate DiCamillo is my absolute FAVORITE!


  1. I too identified with Judy Blume's characters. I can't wait to read at the beach this summer too. Right now I'm reading a book about a painter here in Rockport Paul Strisik and how he captures light in his paintings. Hoping to get inspired to paint and paint better.

  2. Hear, hear! Kate DiCamillo rocks! Loved hearing about your favorite authors growing up!