Photos: The Most Well Read Book Ever?
In my job, I split time between four elementary school libraries that range from preschool up to sixthÂ grade. I’m getting to know the collections at the various schools pretty well, and when I was cataloging a new copy of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” this morning, IÂ remembered there was something interesting about the old “Grinch” that was being replaced. I went to the shelf and found what has got to be one of the most used up books I’ve seen:
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Used. Up. Take a look look at the side by side comparison:
I especially love the view from the spine:
AHHH! Uh, I mean, wow! That book has had gotten some use.
I couldn’t find the data about when the old “Grinch” was added to the collection, but I would hazard to guess it’s been getting circulations since the good ol’ days (which officially took place between 1970-75*). I would say that a new copy was in order.
*Completely made up information
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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