Meet Miss Pippi, the Librarian, as she shares why she loves books and some of the books she loves!
I love to share books! Some of my favorite moments of being an assistant
Children’s librarian is reader’s advisory. Reader’s advisory is the opportunity
to share and suggest books to readers. I love it! Since I live in the Children’s
Room, I read and recommend a wide range of authors and series from picture books
to chapter book. Of course, I end up of reading stacks of Children’s Literature
throughout the year!
When I get a moment to read for myself, I love to pick up and read
inspirational fiction. I grew up reading Janette Oke and Grace
Livingston Hill. I started with the books available at home, and then branched
out to library books. After familiarizing myself with Christian authors
available at the library, I stretched further and purchased my own copies of
beloved stories as well as books not available at the library. Through the
years, my personal library grew, but the first books I read always bring back
My first Grace Livingston Hill book was Out of the Storm. It was an
old book with no dust jacket or illustration printed on the cover. It was solid
blue with black letters spelling out the title. Out of the Storm opened
up the world of the 1920’s. Hill’s gentle storytelling style drew me in and
captivated me. I gathered as many titles I could find after devouring this first
title. Recently, Barbour Publishing began reprinting Hill’s books! I just
finished April Gold from Barbour. I’m looking forward to rereading Hill’s
classic stories as well as discovering new ones I haven’t enjoyed yet. I would
recommend picking up one of her books. Hill wrote modern fiction, but with
decades between her books and today, they’re historical treasures. It’s an
opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in the early 1900’s.
Janette Oke’s Women of the West series was another beginning series
for me. The books were standalones, but linked together under a
common theme of women surviving the west in the 1800’s. I love the Westward
expansion and the 1800’s is my favorite time period. I imagine these books
probably played a role in the stories that I enjoy today. A newer standalone
series that reminds me of Women of the West is the Land of Shining
Water series by Tracie Peterson. Again, it’s the 1800’s, but each story
features a different young lady located in Minnesota.
Moving on from Hill and Oke, I’ve devoured books by Michael
Phillips, Judith Pella, June Masters Bacher, Lori
Wick, Lauraine Snelling, Lori Copeland, Catherine Palmer, Cathy
Marie Hake, Mary Connealy, Deanne Gist, Julie Lessman,
Robin Lee Hatcher, and so many more! It would be too
difficult to select one author as my favorite. As soon as I think of one series
or title, I remember another and the list gets longer and longer.
It’s amazing to see so many Christian authors today. When I began reading
inspirational books, the selection was small and I read many stories over and
over again. Now, it’s hard to keep up with all the wonderful books available! I
thank the Lord for all these talented people who work to entertain, encourage,
and share their faith through literature. It’s a blessing to be able to read
books that offer more than just an entertain story. They offer stories of hope
Miss Pippi's real name is Cassie and she works in a library in the Midwest. If you enjoyed her article today, please leave a comment.