At this very minute, there is a four-year-old boy sitting on the floor in the library. He is very content. He has taken all of the books in the McDuff series by Rosemary Wells out of a basket and is lining them up. When I went to check on him a minute ago, he told me he was making sure we had all of them in the school library. Luckily, they were all in – which is not always the case.
As I looked at the covers, it made me appreciate Rosemary Wells all over again. I can’t tell you how many times she has helped me out over the past ten years. When parents come in to get a story to read to their child’s class, I turn to Max and Ruby and Yoko and McDuff. There are thousands of wonderful picture books, but if my selection time is limited, her books are consistent crowd pleasers. This year, I put all of the Rosemary Wells books in their own basket: easier access for children, teachers, and a busy librarian.