Even if I only reach a few teachers or parents and my blog helps them put books in the hands of their kids, it’ll be worth it. I know there are hundreds of children’s literature blogs out there, but I hope you keep coming back to mine, if only for the simple reason that your child (or even YOU!) loves the books I’m writing about. But I plan on including more in this blog than just books. If events or news related to education and the publishing world spark a passion within me, I’ll be expressing my opinion about that too.
I’ve worked intimately with children’s and young adult literature for almost 10 years now (shout out to Borders of Brentwood, MO for giving me my early start!). I have my bachelor’s in education and am certified to be a library media specialist as well. I’m currently a year away from earning my master’s in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in children’s literature. I work as a Collection Development Specialist for a St. Louis family-owned company called The Booksource (K-12 tradebook wholesaler). “What’s a Collection Development Specialist?” you ask. Well, I get to see all the new children’s literature coming out and help build collections geared towards enhancing curricula.
I have a big passion for children’s literature. I never really grew out of reading the books, but how could I when all the magic I need is within their pages. I leave you until next time with a quote by Kathleen Kelly from “You’ve Got Mail”—
“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”