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10 Books that Inspired 10 Librarians

10 Books that Inspired 10 Librarians

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” – Neil Gaiman

We reached out to different librarians from around the world to know what book inspired them to become a librarian. This is what they told us! If you are a librarian and had a book that inspired you, please comment and let us know! Let this list be an inspiration to all future librarians!

1) The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

“I was reading that book out loud to my 2nd grade class and I thought that reading aloud really appeals to me and maybe I should look into becoming a librarian. So I did, and it’s been the best thing for me.”

–Brandy Sipes Miller

2) The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

“I started reading the books at age 11 and the last one came out when I was 18. My entire family read them shortly after I started and they became a way for us to bond. My siblings and I played Harry Potter in our basement. It’s the book series that has stayed with me the longest, for over half my life. I want to help kids find books that speak to them the way Harry Potter does to me.”

–Sarah Ryan

“I was going to school to be an elementary teacher when I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 4 hours. Something sparked in me. I hadn’t read such a good book in so long and it reminded me of the magic a book can give to a young child. I went the very next day to the dean’s office to see about adding a school librarian certification to my degree.”

– Amanda McKee Jones

“I was a Spanish teacher and I had a student who loved Harry Potter but wouldn’t do their homework. I made a deal that I would read the first three books (all that had been released) if he would do his homework for 6 weeks. I was hooked!”

–Kim Johnson Marsh

“After resisting my wife’s suggestions, I caved at the beginning of summer 2007. I finished all that were published at that time. I was hooked immediately by the underdog story. I remember thinking, if there are books this good for kids, then I want to read more of them! 3 years later I went back to school to get my MLS and eventually became a school librarian.”

–Shawn M. Humphrey

3) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

“I was determined to be a high school English teacher. In the 9th grade, however, we were assigned to read Lord of the Flies. I loved it, but I found that on the day of the test, my entire class surrounded me at my locker and begged me to tell them what happened in the book. I was the only one who bothered to read it! That very moment I realized I’d be miserable as an English teacher and instead should look into a job where people chose to read. I went and had a talk with my school librarian and the rest is history!”

–Sara Douglas

4) Minders of Make-Believe: Idealist, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature by Leonard Marcus

“After reading and re-reading it, I realized that if I was so passionate about this field and exploring it in my recreational reading, that I should consider returning to school to study it professionally and devote my career to ensuring children have access to reading experiences that can change their lives. Like many, I can name those childhood experiences, getting a box of books on tax rebate day or going to my local library that shaped my love of reading. I hope to provide all kinds of book floods, as Donalyn Miller calls it, for the readers I serve.”

–Eti Berland

5) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

“A powerful book that propels the (non-Afghan woman) reader out of their shoes into a very different pair of shoes. It opens the eyes of the reader to realize that our human experience is more similar than different and we have more to relate to than to differ from when it comes to our relationships, emotions, failures, and love. When my (former) school decided it was too controversial to teach, I decided that I'd be a reading choice advocate from then on. It was very freeing stepping into the library, dropping those chains of the ever encumbering and stifling curriculum and be the one place in the school that students are allowed to choose what they want to learn, read, and explore. I get to be their guide, if they need it.”

–Kristin Sierra

6) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

“I read it in fifth grade and it was the first book I had read that made me connect so strongly with characters.”

–Katrina Deliramich

7) The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

“It was the first book that inspired my love of reading! This set me on the path that has led me to where I am today. The school I was in did not have a library that I can remember, and my mother took me to a book mobile. That was the book she put in my hand on the very first trip.”

–Shauna Gilbraith

8) From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

“When I read it I identified more with the children than the titular file mixer upper and Donelly library. Who doesn’t want to run away, live in the Met, and outsmart adults? And that library not only held the answers but the key to everything!”

–Eric Lane

9) The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburgh

–Janice Ferguson Leighton

10) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“Thanks to this book I discovered my love of fantasy.”

–Terra Janak

Great books have not only inspired great librarians, but experiences. LaKeitha Corbett-Brooks was a military brat who moved every 2-4 years. A library was the only place that was consistent. At every school she attended she was met by a friendly librarian. LaKaitha lives now in a town with migrant families and she wants to provide a consistent place and a friendly smile for her students.

Librarians also inspired a new generation of librarians, like Kelly Schartner’s elementary librarian, Ms. Sandy Day at Franklin Sherman. Ms. Sandy was so good and kind and loved her job, it made Kelly want to become a librarian too.

Movies were also a source of inspiration! Sandra Jenkins and Linda Martin became a librarian because of the movie Desk Set with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. As Linda Martin stated: “They were glamorous and intelligent, and even then proved that computers cannot take the place of a skilled librarian.”

A book has the power to help change the world by first changing the reader’s world!

It all starts with a children’s book that’s so powerful and enjoyable that children will fall in love with reading. Help us bring this and more life-changing children’s books to Katab, a Mayan community in Mexico. Together with the people of Katab we wrote 10 children’s books featuring their stories, and with the help of our book sales we are building them a library.  

A book has the power to help change the world by first changing the reader’s world!

It all starts with a children’s book that’s so powerful and enjoyable that children will fall in love with reading. Help us bring this and more life-changing children’s books to Katab, a Mayan community in Mexico. Together with the people of Katab we wrote 10 children’s books featuring their stories, and with the help of our book sales we are building them a library.  

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1 comment

Aug 16, 2017 • Posted by Cheryl Wagner

I have always loved to read. I remember dragging a quilt outside under a shady tree in the summer, and hauling out armfuls of picture books to read, as I was laying in the shade! I would say the series that hooked me, was the Little House books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My teacher read them out loud to us, and I got the whole set for my birthday, in third grade! I read and reread them, I don’t know how many times! That was the beginning of my love for books and reading!!!

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