Mrs. Walsh is passionately in love…with children’s literature that is! As Assumption School’s librarian, she gets to share that love with students in grades K-8. Through read-alouds and supporting activities, students enjoy not only whimsical stories, but real-life issues and challenges such as how to be “bucket fillers” not “bucket dippers” and bullying are tackled as well. Moreover, in keeping with ELA Common Core’s focus on literary non-fiction, three new biographical books on the lives of Langston Hughes, Mark Twain, and Louisa May Alcott have been added to an already illustrious inventory of books. Additionally, the library hosts an annual book fair that enables the shelves to be further restocked using the credit it receives from book sales.
One of Mrs. Walsh’s favorite children’s authors is Patrica Polacco. The following awe-inspiring excerpt taken from the prologue of Ms. Polacco’s book, Thank You, Mr. Falker, underscores why Mrs. Walsh is so passionate about the importance of reading:
“Stand up, little one,” he cooed. “I did this for your mother,
your uncles, your older brother, and now you!”
Then he handed the book to her. “Taste!”
She dipped her finger into the honey and put it into her
“What is that taste?” the grandma asked.
The little girl answered, “Sweet!”
Then all of the family said in a single voice,
“Yes, and so is knowledge, but knowledge is
like the bee that made that sweet honey, you
have to chase it through the pages of a book!”