Books That Inspire 2012

Strega Nona
Tomie dePaola

Award-winning author and illustrator Tomie dePaola breathes life into the Italian traditions, folklore, and love of living in his Strega Nona series of stories. Drawn from his own beloved memories of being raised in a traditional Italian community, Strega Nona is a sweet but passionate Italian grandmother who magically makes the most delicious food, uses Italian words for emphasis, and teaches everyone valuable life lessons in the process. These stories taught me at an early age about the beauty of my heritage. Perhaps Strega Nona's most important lesson for her readers is that embracing our unique cultural traditions is what makes each of us special.

Carla A. Winters
Assistant Director
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