Living a Literary Life

the intersection of librarianship and motherhood


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a young wizard’s suitcase … .

a young wizard’s suitcase … .

Renaissance Festival, 2011.
just your average RenFest girl, lovely tattoo and Kindle in hand.

Renaissance Festival, 2011.

just your average RenFest girl, lovely tattoo and Kindle in hand.

"It was painted in the colors of 138 Squadron RAF, which was based at the Royal Air Force’s Tempsford Airfield. There Lysanders flew missions to supply resistance forces and transport agents to and from occupied Europe."

Living a literary life means that when you are visiting the Air & Space Museum with your family and you see this plane, and read the description, you look at it and see Verity flying, with Maddie in the back. You see it in black and white, over a map of France, and remember all that is to come … you point and excitedly say, “it’s Verity’s plane! it’s Verity’s plane!” while others just walk around not paying much attention to it. But your husband, who you made read the book, knows what it means. And your kids want to read it now, even if they are too young.

Verity’s plane.

Just Being Audrey — wonderful picture book biography that I would have loved as a child. Audrey Hepburn was and is one of my idols. How amazing was it that when we were in Florence in May 1999, there was an Audrey exhibit at the Ferragamo Museum?!?! 

eldest son with author/illustrator Chris Soentpiet, May 2009, Granville Intermediate School.

eldest son with author/illustrator Chris Soentpiet, May 2009, Granville Intermediate School.

all you need for reading … comfy couch, a stack of books, and a bulldozer! circa 2004.

all you need for reading … comfy couch, a stack of books, and a bulldozer! circa 2004.

Thomas was definitely a presence in our house for several years — though he actually doesn’t make an appearance in the first volume of stories: The Three Railway Engines. That’s Gordon, Edward, and Percy.

that big smile is not for the camera.
All due to the reading material!

that big smile is not for the camera.

All due to the reading material!

my first babytime … captured on the front page of the local newspaper in 1998. Though many things have changed, I still use George in my baby and toddler times, and believe in sitting on the floor. 

Harry Potter birthday parties … sorting, making wands, choosing owls, playing quidditch …