I ♥ Libraries: By Annie Silvestro
Libraries are my very favorite places. They are special, sacred places of joy and discovery. Safe places to learn, to engage, to connect, to grow.
Libraries are places filled with magic.
To be a part of the magic, and thus a little bit magic ourselves, all we have to do is enter.
And when we do, the whole entire world – fictional or factual or fantasy – is ours for the taking. With the help of one very important card of course.
I remember the proud moment when I obtained my very first library card as a child. I felt responsible. Giddy. Powerful! I treasured books and the idea that I could pick any ones I wanted and take them home with me to read brought me immeasurable pleasure. It still does.
Of course for a reader, a library is as enticing as a candy store. For a writer, the library is also an invaluable resource. Libraries expose us to a world of inspiration, to a diversity of voices, to mentor texts modern and classic. Not to mention books about writing and craft and language. The library provides endless opportunities to spark our own imaginations.
The library inspired me to write BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB.
In the story, Bunny loves books so much he sneaks into the library to get them. He wants to share in the magic, too.
When Bunny’s friends catch wind of what he’s been up to, they want in on the action. Not only do they want books, they want to choose exactly which ones they’ll read. So off they go to do just that. And who could blame them?
The library contains something for the reader –or writer- in each of us. And if a person (or animal) can’t immediately find that perfect book? The librarian can make a recommendation.
Because they’re a little bit magic, too.
BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB is a love letter to libraries.
My very favorite places.
Annie Silvestro is a lover of books who reads and writes as much as possible and can often be found shuffling piles of them around so she has a place to sit or someplace to put her teacup. Her picture books include BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss (Doubleday Books for Young Readers), MICE SKATING, illustrated by Teagan White (Sterling, Fall 2017), and THE CHRISTMAS TREE WHO LOVED TRAINS, illustrated by Paola Zakimi (HarperCollins, Fall 2018).
Annie lives by the beach in NJ with her husband and two boys who like to read, and a cat who does not. Visit Annie online at: www.anniesilvestro.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @anniesilvestro
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