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Book List for Sandy Hook Project

I'm thrilled that so many of you asked for the completed list of books for the Sandy Hook project and are considering donating to your community or school libraries, too. Just FYI, I found it's best to give the money and the list to the library and let them order, as it speeds up the process when they get "shelf-ready" books from their own sources. They were happy to use my list; in fact, our librarian said it was a "great list" of books that would circulate well - hooray! The cost is about $340, so maybe you could get a few other friends to join with you (or suggest it as a project for your book club or faculty or church or college group or civic organization.) Thanks so much to my mom, Martha Brigman, who wanted to join with me and helped out with a portion of the cost. Thanks also to my teacher and librarian friends who offered advice and book suggestions. I included the characteristics of the victims shared by parents, relatives, and neighbors that led me to choose each book, but please contact me if you have questions. Again, I don't presume to know them, but I took great care in choosing books I thought they might like from what little I know about them.


Books to Be Donated in Honor of Sandy Hook Victims 

For Charlotte BaconMy Heart is Like a Zoo, by Michael Hall

Never met an animal she didn't love, wanted to be a veterinarian; loved dresses and wearing pink; was learning Tae Kwon Do with father and brother

For Daniel BardenDrum City, by Thea Guidone

Played drums in band with brother and sister (dad – musician); swam and played soccer; loved foosball and making s’mores; dreamed of being a firefighter; would sit with kids who were alone in school

For Olivia EngelAngelina Ballerina, by Katharine Holibird (25th Anniv. Ed.)

Loved to dance, twirled in her pink tutu; loved to sing and do theater; was to be angel in church Christmas play; played soccer and swam; liked to draw and paint; favorite toy was stuffed lamb 

For Josephine GayThe Best Bike Ride Ever, by James Proimos

Loved riding her bike in the street; set up lemonade stand in summer; favorite color-purple; nicknamed “Boo” for resemblance to Monsters Inc. character

For Ana Marquez-GreeneJazz Baby, by Lisa Wheeler

Had gift for melody, pitch, and rhythm; from musical family (dad - jazz musician); loved to sing even before she could talk; “danced to all the music she heard … in air or in her head; loved God and reading the Bible

For Dylan HockleyFirst the Egg, Laura Vaccaro Seeger

When asked why he flapped his arms when excited, he answered, “Because I’m a beautiful butterfly.” Loved to cuddle, bounce on trampoline, watch movies, and look at the moon; was so proud when he read book each day

For Madeline F. HsuAnd Then It’s Spring, by Julie Fogliano

Loved bright flowery dresses; neighbor said eyes lit up when she got off bus and saw neighbor’s dog; upbeat and kind; shy, always had a smile

For Catherine V. HubbardThis Moose Belongs to Me, by Oliver Jeffers

Passion for animals; asked for pets every Christmas; had asked Santa for a pair of fish; was taking horseback riding lessons; pink was favorite color

For Chase Kowalski Pete the Cat, Play Ball! By James Dean

Budding athlete who recently completed and won his first mini-triathlon; ran in community races, played baseball and loved riding his bike; Cub Scout

For Jesse LewisRose’s Foal, by Scarlett Lewis (written by Jesse’s mother and read to him often; the last sentence is “Love never ends.”)

Was learning to ride horseback and loved family’s horses, dogs, and chickens; liked to ask “What if . . . and spin hypothetical tales; wrote “I love you,” on the car window in the frost the day before he was killed.

For James MattioliPress Here, by Herve Tullet

Loved math and came up with insights beyond his years to explain relationship between numbers; sang at the top of his lungs; loved swimming, diving, biking, and wore shorts and t-shirts no matter the weather; always said, “I need to go outside, Mom. I need fresh air.”

For Grace McDonnellThe Secret World of Walter Anderson, by Hester Bass

Wanted to live on the beach and be a painter; loved seagulls and shells and lighthouses and painted fish; danced, worked at gymnastics, and was a “fashionista” with a love of sparkles and a passion for cooking and cupcakes

For Emilie ParkerEach Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson

Always had something kind to say; carried around markers and pencils and would rush to draw a picture or make a card if someone was feeling sad or frustrated; gave hugs and kisses to younger siblings when they would fall

For Jack Pinto -  Sports Illustrated Kids 1st and 10: Top Ten Lists of Everything in Football 101, by Sports Illustrated

Huge NY Giants fan; loved football, skiing, baseball, and wrestling; described as having a “steely determination;” loved reading and his school

For Noah PoznerDragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin

Loved tacos so much he wanted to be a taco factory manager; loved to read, build Legos and have pretend sword fights with twin sister Arielle; liked to figure things out mechanically; when his mom told him she loved him, he always said, not as much as I love you

For Caroline PrevidiHappy, by Miles Van Hout

Always wanted others to smile; sat with neighbor child on bus to cheer him up when he was scared; emptied piggy bank to give money to church for presents for less fortunate children; loved to draw and dance

For Jessica RekosHello, Hello, by Matthew Cordell

Loved everything about horses and wanted one of her own; watched horse movies, read horse books, drew horses and wrote stories about horses. “CEO of family” - looked up YouTube video to teach self to tie shoes; left love notes all over house for her family - one was found the day after they lost her.

For Avielle RichmanEvery Cowgirl Needs a Horse, by Rebecca Janni

Happiest when she was on a horse; giggled when she trotted in her pink cowboy boots; loved swimming, archery practice, kung fu- also music, the library, telling stories and participating in super-hero adventures

For Benjamin WheelerSubway, by Christophe Niemann

Loved taking 7 train to NYC; “more interested in subways than museums and zoos;” played piano, sang; loved lighthouses, swimming, soccer, big brother Nate, and the Beatles; blew kisses and said, Catch it and put it in your heart.”

For Allison N WyattSky Color, by Peter H. Reynolds

Wanted to be an artist; turned her room into a studio and covered the house with her drawings; wonderful sense of humor that left family crying with laugher; generous – offered snacks to stranger on airplane

For Rachel D’avinoGiraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae

Boyfriend was about to propose; passion was work with autistic children as behavioral therapist; loved karate, cooking, animals, and photography

For Dawn HochsprungOlivia and the Fairy Princesses, by Ian Falconer

Dressed as book fairy once; led conga line at sock hop; infectious smile, pride in her work, accessible and welcoming, knew names of all 600+ students

For Anne Marie MurphyBeautiful Oops, by Barney Saltzberg

Artistic, fun-loving painter; witty and hardworking; loved walking outdoors; a happy soul

For Lauren RousseauThe Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle

Always busy, always working; boyfriend called her Busy Bee; would change clothes in car between jobs; always wanted to teach; ecstatic to land full-time sub job; her mom said it was best year of her life; so kind she wouldn’t honk horn at people - said it was mean; loved Broadway shows and her cat, Laila

For Mary SherlachThe Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn

Cared deeply about the children she counseled; looked forward to retirement in a year and time at lake cabin with husband; sat on porch in wicker loveseat

For Victoria SotoSylvie, by Jennifer Sattler

Loved the beach, flamingoes; was the organizer of Christmas for her family; her black lab, Roxie waited for her every day and is lost without her; loved the NY Yankees






Posted in 2013

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