Following up on yesterday’s post based on Anita Silvey’s new book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book, I polled my colleagues at the Inly School. I was not surprised to learn that they were inspired by wonderful stories.
Since I know most of these people quite well, I could have guessed a few of their selections without their completing the form. For example, our head of school, a respected arts educator, chose Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora—no surprise there. The director of our middle school wrote a note about P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go! “My father’s special book,” she wrote. “No matter how bad my day was, he could cheer me up with the simple question: Do you like my hat?”
As you might expect from a group of teachers, there were several votes for The Giving Tree and Leo the Late Bloomer. A teacher new to Inly this year, a person I could sense right away was a fellow lover of words, selected The Phantom Tollbooth.
There were also votes for Where the Wild Things Are, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Anne of Green Gables, Noisy Nora, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Farm, The Pumpkin Blanket, Dorrie and the Blue Witch, Winnie the Pooh, The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz, and The Little Fur Family.
Not a bad choice in the group—no wonder I love my job!