Laurel Snyder is the author, most recently, of Seven Stories Up, a middle-grade novel set in 1937 Baltimore. Her last picture book, The Longest Night: A Passover Story, was awarded the Sydney Taylor Book Award. She shares her favorite children’s book, which she would love to see donated as part of the NLI:
“There are so many books I’ve loved and reread over the years. But the book most deeply embedded in my brain is Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfield. It’s the unlikely story of three orphans collected by an eccentric archaeologist, then raised by his niece and her governess, and forced onto the stage as professional dancers.
I don’t know exactly what I love about it so much. It’s got bits of humor, and some moments that really capture what it’s like to be a kid. But maybe the best thing is that it makes history dazzle. The frocks and cakes and borders in the old house. I love books that really give readers a sense of the past.”
All it takes is a $7 donation to bring joy to a child in need through the gift of books like this one recommended by Laurel Snyder. Show some love in the final days of the month and donate to JWI’s National Library Initiative February Book Drive.