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!


2 comments:

  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.

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

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