For the past couple of months I have been working as the project coordinator of the Ellery Yale Wood Collection of Children’s Books and Young Adult Literature. This collection is so great because it spans quite a wide time period. There are books from the the late 18th century through to the early 21st. I have run across all kinds of interesting books, from inscribed copies of Maurice Sendak’s works, to first editions of the His Dark Materials series, to books given as prizes in schools and Sunday schools throughout Britain.

While inventorying the collection I came across a book in the Garden Gang series. It was a cute little book, but it caught my interest because the entire series was written by a young girl.

You can learn more about the Ellery Yale Wood Collection of Children’s Books and Young Adult Literature here and read my post about the Garden Gang books here.

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Born to Run

April 5, 2013

I read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen recently and I think I might just need to read it once a year to remind myself that the human body is actually capable of truly ridiculous things. Ludicrous even.

I can’t remember if I mentioned this, but I’m currently training for a half-marathon, which is both exciting and terrifying because it is now less than a month away and I still don’t feel ready and my ankle has been twinge-y since earlier this week and this is really not a good time to get injured. (I know that was a ridiculous run-on sentence. You should read that as if it was shrill, panicky, and said all in one breath because that’s how I imagined it).

This book was so inspiring and confusing at the same time. I think I want to try barefoot running (once I’m done with the half. I’m not messing with my training right now) and see how that works out for me.

Born to Run is great because it tells this story about these ultrarunners and superathletes, but it’s simultaneously about how anyone can be a runner. It’s fantastic and I definitely recommend it if you’re into running or thinking about getting into running. It’s also super interesting and sometimes really funny, so I recommend it even if you have no interest in running whatsoever.

I recently read another running book, but this one was much shorter. It’s Marathon Mouse by Amy Dixon, and it’s a children’s book that I ran across at work and decided I needed to have in my life. It’s about a mouse whose family lives under the Brooklyn Bridge. He decides to run the New York City marathon even though everyone says that mice don’t run. But he does it anyway! It’s adorable and inspirational and I love it. I think I’ll read it the morning before I run my half and that way I can tell myself “hey, a mouse ran the New York Marathon, I can run this half!” That’s a good plan, right?