From the Jan/Feb, 2012 issue of Touchstone
childrens books Discovering Old Favorites by Kathie Johnson

FIRST BOOKS by Kathie Johnson

Discovering Old Favorites

I’ve been involved with children’s books now for almost 50 years, and have had my children’s library active for 25 of those. That time period has given me an opportunity to observe the way books go in and out of popularity.

I first paid attention to this when Freddy the (pig) Detective (by Walter Brooks) became popular a few years back. When I was a teacher many years ago, and the school I was teaching in was being replaced by a new building, the library in the old school decided to get rid of its older books rather than move them, and invited us to take what we wanted of them. I took seve . . .


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