Tuesday, April 7, 2020

By the Book with special guest blogger Emma Sekercan, RHS 2018

Today we welcome a very special guest blogger - Emma Sekercan, RHS graduate (2018) and daughter of Ms. Lacroix. Emma is an elementary education major at the University of Vermont.

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?

As a child, my favorite way to read was sitting on my grandfather’s lap or lying in bed, with my mom or dad, before going to sleep. I remember how exciting it was to go from being read to, to being able to read the books by myself. As a young kid I loved the Dr. Seuss books because of all the fun pictures and the way the stories rhymed. I also loved If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. I would always imagine myself as the mouse and how much fun that would be. One of my all-time favorite books as a child was The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. There was something about that book and the story that made me feel so happy! As I got older, I loved the author Wendy Mass. Her books would transport me to different places, and I could imagine I was living the life of her characters!

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
My ideal reading experience would be sitting inside on a comfy couch with the sun shining in the window. I’d be under a fuzzy blanket and have a cup of hot chocolate. It would be fall outside and I would watch the leaves falling off the trees as they crunched under people’s feet.

What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
I recently read a book about a family who lived in Alaska. Although it was fiction, the author did a lot of research on what it’s like to live there. The book taught me about how difficult the really cold winters are. The author did a good job of telling the story in a way that made you understand and almost feel the struggles that the family faced.

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
The first person I would invite would be Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women. I think it would be interesting to get to talk to her since she lived so long ago. Her experiences would be very different from mine.

I would also invite Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as well as other books. As a child, I loved the illustrations in his books. Having someone so artistic at the party would be fun because I bet he would have a big imagination!

Finally, I would invite Wendy Mass since I did love her books so much. I would be so excited to have my favorite author at my party! I’d want to hear about the people she had met that inspired her stories.


  1. Emma, I also just finished a book about Alaska. We should compare notes. My goodness, I knew it was cold...but had no idea!

  2. Great to get a young woman's perspective. Reading is really ageless and timeless. I'm sad when young adults don't enjoy reading. Hopefully this remote living we are doing will spark up more interest.

  3. Your future students will be lucky to have you bring your love of reading to the classroom!