In the November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine five writers — Marc Aronson, Carmen Agra Deedy, Malinda Lo, Susan Patron, and Rita Williams-Garcia — honor the spirit of the Thanksgiving season by sharing with us the books for which each one is grateful. Susan Patron warmed my children’s librarian heart when, remembering an incident in her childhood, she wrote “everything on the fiction shelves looked too hard, but then the librarian offered me My Father’s Dragon.” Such recommendations are a gift to both giver and receiver (and when done in the context of a library loan, amazingly economical). The receiver gets a new world to explore; the giver gains a fellow explorer. Everybody’s richer.
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