Nikki Gregerson, elementary library media supervisor, will be spotlighting elementary media clerks throughout Granite School District this year by having them answer a series of questions about their reading lives and favorite books to recommend to students. We will be featuring selections from these “By the Book” spotlights here on the Granite EdTech blog, and all of them will be posted once or twice weekly on Granite Media, our school libraries web site. As they share their recommendations, some book titles or author names in the spotlights will be linked to ebooks and digital audiobooks in Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library, which students and staff in Granite School District can check out to read or listen to from any computer or mobile device.
By the Book: Liz Goodwin, Silver Hills Elementary
Liz Goodwin has been a media clerk for eight years at Silver Hills Elementary School. She has worked hard to make the library at her school a vibrant place that students and teachers love to visit!
What books are currently on your nightstand?
A pile of books about the American Revolution and the Civil War and The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie.
What was the last great book you read?
Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies by David Fisher and Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
The last book that made you cry?
The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans
The last book that made you laugh?
My Teacher is an Idiom by Jamie Gilson, illustrated by Debbie Tilley
What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?
I was an avid reader, I gained a love for historic books, both factual and fictional. I loved mystery and intrigue books, especially ones by Agatha Christie.
What is the best book you were required to read as a student?
I gained a love for the classics because of my English teacher my senior year of high school. Loved the works of Shakespeare, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Daniel Boone by James Daugherty, and Pocahontas by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire.
What book did you hate reading as a student?
Maybe my mathematics and science textbooks?
What is your favorite book to recommend to children?
The Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series by Nathan Hale, the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne, the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner, the 39 Clues series, books by Roald Dahl, books by Lemony Snicket, books by Jerry Spinelli, and biographies.
If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you pack?
Anything historical, fact or fiction, an Agatha Christie book, and a Mary Higgins Clark book.