I love reading. You can often find me in the library reading picture books. That's right, picture books! I like reading the first page and imagining my own version of the story. In fact, that's what you'll find me doing in the summers at local libraries: telling interactive stories to kids, ages 3-12. I've been lucky enough to be the Resident Storyteller at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts since 2005, and this has led to the creation of many stories. This summer, I taught storytelling and poetry at the Summer Arts and Eco Camp at the Perkins Center for the Arts, in Moorestown, NJ.
I also like reading children's novels and have set forth an ongoing goal to read all of the Newbery Medal Winners and Honor Books. They've given the award since 1922 and with more books every year, I'll be reading for the rest of my life :). One outcome of this goal is to (hopefully) be able to recommend books to any student in the school, successfully aligning their interests to the recommended novel. I'm currently reading The Graveyard Book (2009) and recently finished Walk Two Moons (1995).
If I'm reading "grown-up" books, I reach for non-fiction. I'm currently reading An American Plague, about the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793. That Philadelphia was the capital of the United States at the time makes this even more interesting!
What are you currently reading? Please send me a recommendation at: firstname.lastname@example.org