Lisa Harries' Best Reads of 2014

December 18, 2014

harriesMy name is Lisa Harries.  I have lived in Evanston all my life.  I moved into the city for a bit during my 20s, but returned when my daughter became school-aged. I have been a teacher for 19 wonderful years and currently teach 2nd graders at Dewey Elementary School. I love to sleep, shop, read, eat, talk with friends, do jigsaw puzzles, run, and bowl. I try to find something to smile about everyday, usually my teenage daughter and my students help me accomplish that goal. I hope that you find some wonderful books to enjoy during this next year. Happy reading!

1) The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau (2000)

I re-read this book every year to my students because I love it so much. It is about generosity and community. It teachers students how good it feels to give to others and how giving just a little bit of yourself to someone else can help foster a sense of community. It also has BEAUTIFUL illustrations that students enjoy.

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Very Short Trailer for The Hunger Games

September 4, 2011

This video clip is really short. (For devoted fans even a minute may be worthwhile! ) The above link includes a short article on reaction to the video shown at the MTV Video Music Awards. You’ll have to wait until March 2012 for the whole film. Until then try to get a copy of the books at EPL. (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay comprise the trilogy.)

Shira S.

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