Brianna Schneider, Children's Specialist

I vividly remember  my older sister surprising me on my 6th birthday by coming home from college with a copy of "Eloise" by Kay Thomspson. I spent hours reading the book and imagining myself living in the Plaza Hotel. I loved her adventures with Weenie her dog,  Skipperdee her turtle and her special relationship with Nanny. It's a classic that stands the test of time.

My sister continued to introduce me to children's classics, including some of my favorite children's books like "Island of the Blue Dolphins"by Scott O'Dell, "Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner, and "A Cricket in Times Square" by George Seldon. My favorite adult books include "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson, "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel and" Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks.

I am always happiest surrounded by books. My nightstand, bookshelves and floor are full of books I "must read" someday.  The book I am determined to read is "These Truths: A History of the United States" by Jill Lapore. Everyone could use an American history refresher. I also love the idea of reading a biography of every U.S. president but that might have to wait until life slows down.