Pellam to review ‘Books for the Grands’


The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will hear Janice Pellam present “Books for the Grands,’” a review of several pieces of children’s literature. The gathering will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1 at the Altus Public Library.

“All of the books have a universal message and, therefore, appeal to readers of all ages,” explained Janice. “I titled the program “Books for the Grands” because I thought a lot about my grandchildren as I was reading the books and preparing the review. I’m glad to find such rich literature to share with them.” Given that many of the members of the Coffee Cup Bunch are grandparents or aunts and uncles who love to read, this review will provide some great suggestions about books that adults and middle school and high school students could enjoy reading and discussing together.

An English instructor at Altus High School, Janice actually bean reading this “delightful” genre as an escape. For a few weeks, her posting on the Book Club sign at the doorway to her classroom read: I am currently reading (I am not sure enjoying is an accurate verb choice) all of those documented essays and poetry explications. Since I am tired of reading teenage angst-driven, dystopian, dysfunctional, post-apocalyptic young adult literature, I am instead enjoying delightful children’s literature to distract and relax.

Janice will review Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write; Counting by Sevens by Holly Sloan, the story of an outsider coping with loss and discovering the true meaning of family; The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm, a story about life, family, and finding one’s passion (which in this instance in science); The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, a marvelously optimistic story about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both;

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, a story with characters who “dance off the pages;” and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, a story that full of puzzles to think about and puns to groan at.

“Janice’s enthusiasm for these books is absolutely contagious,” said Jennie Buchanan, program chair for the Coffee Cup Bunch. “She made me want to read every one of the books. In fact, they might be just right for light summer vacation reading!.”

The Coffee Cup Bunch meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the Altus Public Library. The meetings are free and open to the public.

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