Who is Jane A. Stephenson?


Celebrating her 10th year of retirement as CRES principal, Jane A. Stephenson has once again sent her annual book donation to our library.  Right about the time we are leaving school for Christmas vacation, Mrs. Stephenson  contacts us and asks for suggestions of books that we would like, more importantly what the children would like.  


We send her the School Library Journal’s Best of the Best edition and chooses from there.  She always sends a wonderful array of choices from many genres;  picture books, fiction, non fiction, poetry and from the  fast growing popularity of the graphic novel  (or comics).  Mrs. Donnell and I eagerly await the packages.  This year’s selections are no exception.  2 Graphic novels: Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clinton,  Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green, 2 picture books: Frank and Lucky get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins and The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley, 2 Non fiction books: The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk by Jan Thornhill, Jason and the Argonauts The First Great Quest in Greek Mythology by Robert Byrd.  1 Biography: Some Writer!  The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet  and 2 Poetry books: When Green Becomes Tomatoes  Poems for all Seasons by Julie Fogliano,  Echo Echo Reverso Poems about Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer.

CRES is very grateful to Mrs. Stephenson’s continued support.    


Thank you Mrs. Stephenson, we love our books!



Jane A. Stephenson was the first principal of Coastal Ridge Elementary School when it opened in 1991 after being the assistant principal at York Elementary School (now VES) beginning in 1987. She retired in 2007 and the school committee dedicated the CRES library in her honor. Jane continues to support her passion for students and learning by donating books to our library every year.