Post by Joan E. Post by Cheryl Isaak
We have Z is for Zamboni too! DD loved it. Find The Magic Hockey Stick for
bedtime reading out loud.
There's a new book out, "Dino-hockey" by Lisa Wheeler. I saw it at
our library conference a few weeks ago and *had* to get it for my
boss! A little background: You may have heard about the hoopla over
the NCAA trying to force universities with Indian mascots to change.
UND is one of those universities (although we don't actually have a
mascot) and we sued the NCAA. Anyway, my boss, a *huge* hockey fan,
thinks, if we have to change our name, we should change it to
Triceratops, since they used to live in ND and our geology dept. has a
triceratops skull in the lobby. This book has a triceratops as a
player and, what's more, it's wearing UND colors!!!
As far as favorite books, mine were "Pokey little puppy" (and I'm
pokey to this day!), Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books, and "The
forgotten door", which I think started my love for fantasy books.
My oldest son, Nate, laughed his head off every time I read one
specific line in the book "The red ball" which taught spatial
concepts. To this day I can't understand why! I can also still
recite (20+ years later) the first few pages of "Paul Bunyan". All 3
of my kids also liked "The animals of Farmer Jones". My oldest liked
the Fraggle Rock books; my 2nd son disliked most books until I found
"The stinky cheese man and other fairly stupid tales", the Goosebumps
series and Shel Silverstein's books; DD liked pretty much anything I
read to her and still reads avidly, mostly horse books and now
romances, since she's 21.
I just looked in my bookcase and I still have my copy of "The Forgotten
Door" !! I loved that book! As a young adult I also liked the "Wrinkle In
Time" as well as the books by Zilpha Keatley Snyder - "The Velvet Room" and
"The Egypt Game" were my favorites. I really like "The Railway Children" by
E. Nesbit - and the film that was made of it as well.
I remember reading the Bobbsey Twins books and the 5 Little Peppers books
too. I currently have an almost complete collection of old children's books
by Lucy Fitch Perkins - circa 1910 or so - all about twins - The Dutch
Twins, The Irish Twins, The Italian Twins - very interesting to read as a
I did go through my horse phase and remember reading "Misty" and "King of
the Wind" too!
For fun I also enjoyed the Mrs. PiggleWiggle books and I read all the Little
House on the Prairie books as well.
And yes, these are all in my bookcase which is why I remember them so well -
I even enjoy reading them today.
Today I mostly read mysteries when I get a chance to relax and look at a
book - both of my teenagers love to read too which I'm glad of...I think on
our recent vacation to Washington state the enjoyed the stop at Powell's
Books in Portland the best! We all walked out of there with armfuls!