It’s that time of year when we give thanks, especially to those who have changed, supported, and helped us through life and no group of people checks that box quite like authors. We can be transported, given stories of understanding, and receive the gift of perspective when we read the words an author has so carefully put one after another. By consuming these stories we are made better and for that we are grateful.

Below is a list of authors BCPL staff members are thankful for:

Gary Paulsen

“I read Hatchet when I was 13 years old and my parents were going through a divorce, just like Brian (the character in the book). It was the first character in a book that I connected with and reading that story, and then the following adventures that Brian had in the sequels, helped me process everything that was happening in my life.”

– Rachel Hellebusch, Community Events Liaison

Bob Graham

“His picture books, such as How to Heal a Broken Wing and “Let’s Get a Pup!” said Kate, ooze empathy and kindness toward animals and humans alike, teaching kids, and hopefully their adults, that there is worth even in the smallest of creatures.”

– Cindy Yeager, Youth Collection Development Librarian

Gene Stratton Porter

The Song of the Cardinal is one of the best reads of my life.  I read it every year. Her perspective on nature and people living together and appreciating the little things comes through so wonderfully.”

– Carisa Bunten, Public Service Associate

Kate Dicamillo

“I’m thankful for Kate Dicamillo and her realistic but uplifting stories as well as her beautiful fantasy stories the whole family can enjoy.  There are lots of layers to her work.”

– Ginger Stapp, Early Literacy Specialist

Rick Bragg

“Rick Bragg writes about his southern working-class background with an intensity and depth of soul that cuts right through you. I’m convinced that if more folks, regardless of background, read his books, we’d all be better off for it.” 

– Tracey Howerton, Local History Librarian

Barbara Park

“The Junie B. Jones series were the first books I completely fell in love with as a kid. I have distinct memories of coming to the library with my mom each time she came out with a new book so I could be the first one to place it on hold and read it. I’m thankful for Barbara Park because she fostered my excitement for reading.”

– Adrianna Waters, Youth Services Associate

Are you thankful for a particular author? Let us know in the comments below!