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Big Books for Read Aloud Sessions

Oversize books in the Children's Collection at the William H. Holtzclaw Library on the HCC-Utica Campus

Big Books available @ Holtzclaw Library

The William H. Holtzclaw Library has a small collection of Big Books (oversize books created to be read aloud to groups) which are made available for use either in the reading terrace area of the Children's Collection or for check out to read to students during homework sessions in the CTE Childcare Program, at the Freddie Jackson, Childcare Center, and in area elementary schools. 

Note: Big Books are shelved in the Big Book House located in the Children's Reading Room on the first floor of the William H. Holtzclaw Library. A sample listing of the titles available in the collection may be viewed below.  Librarian conducts Read-Aloud sessions on an 'as needed' basis.

The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan

The Reading Mother

I had a Mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea.
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth;
"Blackbirds" stowed in the hold beneath.

I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.

I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness lent with his final breath.

I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be --
I had a Mother who read to me.

More Big Books @ Holtzclaw Library