Nacogdoches ISD librarians are first to say, “So many books and so little time!” So they offered some suggestions for those interested in donating books to the district’s “Snuggle Up with a Book” drive.
NISD campuses and departments, with help from Hastings Book and Music, will be collecting new children’s books for ages 0-18 and family-friendly books for adults. The drive ends Dec. 5.
Through this project, the district wants to remind families that Christmas break is a great time to take a few moments and read together — whether it’s one book read aloud or each family member selecting something to read quietly.
NISD librarians had a tough time narrowing down top choices for kids books. After some deliberation, here are their suggestions:
· “Fall Mixed Up” by Bob Rackza
· Any book in the “Froggy” series by Jonathan London
· Any book in the “Fancy Nancy” series by Jane O’Connor
· “Bad Dog, Marley!” by John Grogan
· “Alice the Fairy” by Dave Shannon
· “Pete the Cat,” by Eric Litwin
· “Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Suess
· “Otis” by Loren Long
· “ If you Give A Mouse A Cookie” by Laura Numeroff
· “Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henkes
· “Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear,” by Don Wood
· “Sixteen Cows” by Lisa Wheeler
· “Kiss Goodnight” by Amy Hest
· “Frederick” by Leo Lionni
· “The Story of Ferdinand” Munro Leaf
· “The Biggest Bear” by Lynd Ward
· “Ox-Cart Man” by Donald Hall
· “Sylvester & the Magic Pebble” by William Steig
· Any book by Mo Willems
· “Mercy Watson” series by Kate DiCamillo.
For read-aloud books that make for a little family reading time each night, one librarian said, “The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate Dicamillo, and “The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp” by Kathi Appelt are “hard to beat.”
The district invites the community to become involved by donating books by dropping them off at any NISD campus front office; at the District Support Center, 420 S. Shawnee; or at Hastings Book and Music, 4501 North Street. Cash donations for the purchase of books also are welcomed. Checks should be made to Nacogdoches ISD and dropped off at or mailed to the District Support Center, 420 Shawnee St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961,
Books collected will be given to the community on Dec. 14 at five different locations around Nacogdoches. Details on the distribution will be announced at a later date.
Through the book drive, the district is encouraging the community to read to its youth, and for adults to read for enjoyment and to expand their knowledge base. Reading is essential to learning and to being a productive and educated person at any age.
For more information on this book drive, email NISD Communications Coordinator Rayanne DuChane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 936-569-5000, ext. 8845.