Leaving The One and Only Ivan in Belfast, Maine


 My friend Donna and I drove around Belfast, Maine, admiring the quaint town. We marveled at the old buildings and beautiful view. As we rounded a corner, Donna spotted a sign for Left Bank Books. We pulled over and went inside. We found a charming (sorry, when in Maine charming is the only seemingly appropriate word) bookstore. We visited the children's section and found many beloved books. I spotted a bookmark with writing tucked inside Ruby Holler.  One of the employees explained that children fill out book recommendations for books they have read and place them inside of the books so others can learn about them. What a wonderful idea! 

Please watch the following video to find out what I left for a future child reviewer. 

We also donated a copy of Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan to one of Belfast's Little Free Libraries. 

Borrow Ruby Holler and The One and Only Ivan from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


  1. Yay! You are in Maine! Do you have any other stops planned. Nice and toasty here right?

  2. What a terrific idea to encourage kids to write their book recommendations and tuck them inside their favorites. I have found a few of these in my library collection over the years-mostly a favorite drawing that goes with the story. Kids want to express their creativity and this is a perfect outlet. Love the fun you guys are having. Roll on Babymouse!

  3. Sharon Creech rocks. I am introducing many of my friends to her wonderful free verse. Also.. Ivan is the bomb-diggity.


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