TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars


 Lois Lowry’s historical fiction account of ten-year-old Christian Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Jewish Ellen Rosen in World War II-era  Denmark made quite an impression on me in elementary school. Many things appealed to me about this book – the genre, the setting (my  surname, by the way, is Danish), the Johansen family’s act of selflessness, and Denmark’s peaceful resistance. I joyfully read Number the Stars   again at various points in my academic career. A few weeks ago, I led a tour at the library. When I showed the group the Newbery Medalists, I  mentioned this classic. Why hasn’t Hollywood made this into a movie?





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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri…



My fascination with Greek mythological melodrama probably stems from this gloriously illustrated tome. Whenever library patrons seek mythology, I always hope D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is on the shelf. Just last year, I purchased my very own copy from Barnes & Noble.






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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee | LibraryThing


I doubt I can go more #tbtb than Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The first time I read this classic, it was an audiobook. I was probably in elementary school and could easily identify with the narrator, Scout Finch. I read the book again a few years later. I believe it was a version that looked like the cover to the left. It belonged to my dad and it fell apart in my hands. Thus, I bought a newer copy to replace Dad’s old one.

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Judith Herbst’s The Golden Book of Stars and Planets

The Golden Book of Stars & Planets by Judith Herbst | LibraryThing

The Golden Book of Stars & Planets by Judith Herbst | LibraryThing


While I normally lean towards arts and history regarding nonfiction, I also enjoy reading books about  astronomy. As a kid, I recall buying this book from my elementary school’s book fair. I might be dating  myself but this book is old enough that Pluto is considered a planet! The glorious illustrations and the easy  concepts in this book make it easy for an astronomical novice to comprehend.

If you like astronomy and quizzes, check out Freeman Library’s Trivia Express Program by clicking on the  following phrase – “Module 5 – Astronomy.”

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Pat Frank’s Alas, Babylon

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank | LibraryThing The only time I read Pat Frank’s Alas, Babylon was when I was a high school sophomore. I still have this copy of the book. I’m unsure if it was handed down from my parents or purchased at the Friends of the Library book sale. Nonetheless, I always connect reading Alas, Babylon with this ephemeral paperback.

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Anya Seton’s Katherine

Katherine by Anya Seton | LibraryThing I love posting pictures for #TBT (Throwback Thursday). My fondness of such inspired yet another feature – Throwback Thursday Books (TBTB). I’ll include an image of the old book in these posts when possible. Sometimes, I’ll even provide a link to my review.

So, for the inaugural Throwback Thursday Books post, I’m posting Anya Seton’s Katherine. I first read Katherine in Summer 2002. Then, I revisited this book for a historical fiction component in one of my library school courses. Both times, the edition I read looked like this. The inside cover features great genealogical charts of the Plantagenet, Swynford, and de Roet houses. Also, the red ink came off on my hands – haha! While I’m not too crazy about the most recent cover, I’m glad it does exist. I hope people both enjoy and appreciate Katherine, too.