My Personal Philosophy
From the moment a child picks up a first book, he or she begins a life-long journey with literature and language, and learning. My younger years were so enriched with a parent who read to me and encouraged my reading. I fondly remember reading all of my "Little Golden Books" and putting them back on my shelf--alphabetically, of course! I truly believe that literature can change lives. It is important that the love of literature is nourished as a child progresses. As librarians and educators, it is our charge to transform learners' lives with the most high-quality literature for youth. It is my mission to promote and share the brightest and best literature for our youth.
Parrott, D. & Lyons, R. (2015) What a wonderful world: Using Batchelder books to support literacy. Concurrent Session. American Association of School Librarians Biannual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Lyons, R. & Parrott, D. (2015). The Printz is great but don’t forget the Alex! Collection Development and Reading Promotion for upper-level students. Concurrent Session. American Association of School Librarians Biannual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Parrott, D. & Lyons, R. (2015). Celebrate Hispanic Culture with PUra Belpre Award Winners. Concurrent Session. National Council of Social Studies Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Parrott, D. & Lyons, R. (2015). Stories from the Bamboo Groves: Vietnam in Children’s Literature. Concurrent Session. National Council of Social Studies Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Parrott, D., Lyons, R., & Anderson, J. (2015, July). Power up the connection: Multimedia resources to engage all readers. Concurrent Session. International Literacy Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.
Parrott, D. & Lyons, R. (2015, June). Mystery to history: Using literature to teach Common Core. Concurrent Session. American Association of School Librarians Division at the American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, California.
Lyons, R. & Parrott, D. (2015). Connecting young people to the world with Batchelder Books. The International Journal of the Book, 12(3), 21-31.
Parrott, D. & Keith, K. (2015). Three Heads are better than one: librarians, reading specialists and classroom teachers in the learning commons. Teacher-Librarian, 42(5), 12-18.
Lyons, R. & Parrott, D. (2015). Caution: Adult reading ahead! Steering teens toward higher level reading (and living) with ALEX award winners. YALS (Young Adult Library Services), 13(1), 22-24.
Lyons, R., Parrott, D., Podvin, G., Robinson, M., & Dwyer, E. (2015). Fostering reading enjoyment and achievement in the school library. Washington Library Association Journal, 31(1), 19-23.
Parrott, D. (2015, spring). Differentiated instruction: Functions of the school librarian. Reading in Virginia, 3(1), 18-22.
Parrott. D., Lyons, R., & Dwyer, E. (2015, winter). Producing beautiful and durable books in the school library. The Missouri Reader, 39(1), 36-42.
Lyons, R., Parrott, D., & Dwyer, E. (2013-14, winter). Poetry and making books in the school library. Kentucky Libraries, 78(1), 6-9.
Parrott, D., Lyons, R., & Dwyer, Ed. (2013-14, fall/winter). Readers’ Theatre in the school library. Tennessee Reading Teacher, 40(2), 30-43.