Library Tip: Keep a Basket of Kittens Around
Soon after I was hired for my current job, a basket of kittens arrived in the library.
Not real kittens, no. But they might as well be. This family of cats was unlike any stuffed animal I’d seen before – highly realistic and all lumped together. They all sat in a basket about the size of a dinner plate and looked pretty cozy.
Now, let’s take a moment before I show you a picture of what they look like. I already know what some of you are going to say: creepy. To you I say: get over it.
Kids love them. They pet the cats. They ask if the cats are alive. They continue petting.
Sometimes the cats have helped me. Like when I calmed an on-edge student my sitting with him and naming all the kittens.
Where am I going with this post? I guess to say even if something looks creepy, give it a chance. Someone else might disagree.
Also, the basket of kittens might be magic.
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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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