My Librarian: Craig Graziano
Growing up in the Fredericksburg area, I adored visiting the public library. The Salem Church Branch opened when I was in third grade. My mom picked my sister and me up from school. Watching the odometer, we cheered as we pulled into the parking lot. “Only 1.3 miles!”
It was an escape, a chance to learn more about what we were interested in or to discover something completely new. I was hooked, tearing through comic books, science fiction, and anything with a wicked streak of humor. Plus, there was a fantastic selection of movies and music. I dove right in and began working at Salem Church in high school.
While earning a B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington, I listened to much of my required reading while shelving books at the Headquarters Library. Audio books do count...but only if you’re paying attention! I earned an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and made it back just in time for our England Run Branch to open. I love books for every age level, whether it is a zany picture book, an angst-ridden young adult novel, or a great biography. If I like it, you’ll probably hear about it from me sooner or later.
There are so many fantastic monster picture books out there! From classics, such as the beastly Where the Wild Things Are, to interactive reads, such as Go Away Big, Green Monster, the library has all sorts of tales about creatures that are friendly, fearsome, silly, and suspenseful.
Here are my favorite picture books that feature monsters of all kinds. Find one that you like and have a howling good storytime!
"We've come because of the baby," she said. "We've come to help."
The Nest appeared soon after Steve's baby brother came home from the hospital, hanging from the eaves of the roof. Steve did not know exactly what was wrong with his new sibling, but he overheard his parents use words like "poor prognosis" and "degenerative." It was not long until Steve saw the wasps in his yard . . . and in his dreams.
"Horrible Bear!" shouts a girl after her kite is destroyed by a slumbering beast. It was not intentional. Bear simply rolled over in his sleep, and the kite went CRUNCH!
This red-haired young lady is fuming though. She stomps back to her house, yelling the phrase over and over. Bear figures if he is going to be blamed for an accident, then maybe he should do something really horrible.