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Bringing The Big Read to Kids

Santa Clara City Library, with the support of the library’s Foundation and Friends, received a NEA Big Read grant and recently wrapped up a multi-week series of programs themed around Jack London’s Call of the Wild. The book has particular significance in our community, for the opening scenes take place in our city and Jack London had many friends in the Santa Clara Valley. During the Big Read, numerous books discussions on Call of the Wild were held at the library and at other historical city sites. I hoped to include kids in the community reading celebration, but wanted to choose a more accessible, age-appropriate book. Sheep by Valerie Hobbs seemed a perfect companion piece to Call of the Wild. Both books feature a dog protagonist taken away from a comfortable existence and forced to endure harsh circumstances. Sheep was also a recipient of a California Young Reader Medal, an annual award…