Principal Harold Morton

March's guest reader is a longtime educator with very local roots. Harold Morton has been the principal of Salem Elementary School for 15 years. He enjoys sports, movies, and school, and he says the best parts of his day are greeting students as they arrive at school and reading bedtime stories to his daughters at night.

More about Principal Morton

-He grew up in Spotsylvania County across the street from the location of Salem Church Branch. 

-He graduated from Courtland High School.

-He received an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree from George Mason University.

-He is married to wife Barbara, and they have four daughters: Ciara, Sydney, Grace, and Mia. [Grace, 9, and Mia, 7, are featured in the photo.]

-He and his family participate in the Dr. Seuss Celebrations at Salem Church Branch. In the summer, they attend storytime activities at Snow Branch and Salem Church Branch.

Wise Words from Principal Morton:

“If I could give one piece of advice to parents, I would encourage them to read to their children. It is a great way to start conversations with your kids, and it's a nice way to calm down before bed. Reading is a wonderful way to have children use their imaginations. No matter what age, everyone loves to hear a story.”

Below are some of Principal Morton’s best picks for young readers. You can find them at your local library.

This is a story of a little girl who becomes friends with a scruffy dog. Together, they have adventures and meet a retired librarian who shares amazing stories. Later, Opal, the little girl, must fight to find her dog and keep her from being taken away. Also available on audio and as an eBook.

This book is about an impulsive little boy who makes lots of bad decisions. Some say he is hyper; others say he is just wired. Either way, you'll enjoy the odd things that go through his mind. Maybe we've all made some of the same bad choices that Joey made. Also available on audio. First of a series.

Junie B. Jones is a first grader who is impulsive and loud and lovable. Read about all of her adventures. First of a series. Also available as an eBook and on audio.

Kenny, a small rabbit, finds himself in the middle of an epic battle between a local retired knight and dragon-slayer and an intelligent dragon. The townspeople demand a battle. How can Kenny prevent this tragedy? Also available on audio CD.

This is a classic story of siblings competing to earn money with their lemonade stands. Will it be the brother who can talk to anyone or the math-smart little sister? There's no telling if this battle will ever end. Also available as an eBook and as a downloadable audiobook. First of a series.

Cam is a kid with a photographic memory who helps her friends solve mysteries. Also available on audio to download. First of the Cam Jansen series.

This book starts as a story about a teenage boy and his dad going to rescue a dog and turns into an adventure on a school bus with a tough girl, a cool guy, and a wise, old dog who take on some bad guys. Also available on audio CD.

This is the story about the life of a class' pet hamster who makes observations about the humans around him. Also available as an eBook and on audio CD.

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