Interview: Melissa Fox, Book Nut

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Here’s the next installment in my series of children’s books blogger interviews. Today I report on my interview with Melissa Fox (pictured to the right, abbreviated “MF” below), who blogs at Book Nut. Melissa’s blog focuses on children’s book reviews, though she reviews some adult books too.  She is also an active member of the online children’s literature community (the “kidlitosphere”), as you will see from the interview. The point of these interviews, of course, is to help connect readers of Children’s Books and Reviews to some of the many other excellent websites focused on children’s books. So, after reading the interview, I encourage you to check out Melissa’s blog (link above), and the other kidlit resources she points to. Thanks Melissa!

Q: How and when did you become interested in thinking/writing about children’s books?

MF: Back in about 1995, a friend of mine was appalled that I had never read BeautyBeauty, by Robin McKinley by Robin McKinley. She insisted that I read it, and I was hooked: I loved the story, I loved the writing, I loved the idea that, as an adult, I could experience books that I’d missed as a kid. But then, over time, I realized that there was just so much more good writing and story telling going on for children, more so than for adults, and that’s what appeals to me most. So, that’s what I read. Continue reading

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Interview: Jen Robinson, Jen Robinson’s Book Page

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Here’s another post in my series of children’s books blogger interviews.  Today I report on my interview with Jen Robinson (abbreviated “JR” below), who blogs at Jen Robinson’s Book Page.  Along with excellent children’s book reviews, Jen’s blog has a particular focus on child literacy.  She is also a leader in the online children’s literature community (the “kidlitosphere” as it is sometimes called), as you will see from the interview.  The point of these interviews, of course, is to help connect readers of Children’s Books and Reviews to some of the many other excellent websites focused on children’s books.  So, after reading the interview, I encourage you to check out Jen’s blog (link above), as well as the many excellent resources she mentions in the interview.  Thanks Jen!

Q: How and when did you become interested in thinking/writing about children’s books?

JR: I never stopped reading children’s books, just because I enjoyed them so much. I was also always an advocate of people helping kids to grow up to love books. I think that the whole growing bookworms concept [AMM: hence the bookworm graphic above] resonated with me because I loved books SO SO much as a child. And my love of books enriched my life, both subjectively (countless hours of pleasure) and objectively (high SAT scores, admission to my dream college, etc.). I was a grassroots advocate for literacy for years, long before there were blogs, but I always wished that I could do more. Blogging gave me a platform to work in an area that I was already passionate about. Continue reading

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Interview: Marya Jansen-Gruber, Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review

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For some time I’ve wanted to help connect readers of Children’s Books and Reviews to some of the many other excellent websites focused on children’s book reviews.  With that intention, over the next little while I plan to interview some bloggers and online writers who focus their work on children’s book reviews.  I will then post the interviews in brief transcript form, with links to their excellent websites.  So, today I’m posting the first of these interviews.  Marya Jansen-Gruber (abreviated “MJG” below), editor of Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review, graciously agreed to be my first interviewee.  After reading the interview I encourage you to check out her website and her related blog (click here for Marya’s blog).

Q: How and when did you become interested in children’s books?

MJG: I was living in Washington DC in 1992 and I was walking home one evening when I saw this large stone lion statue on a bridge. I found myself wondering what could happen if it came to life. I began writing a story about the lion soon after. I have been involved in the world of children’s book in some way ever since. Continue reading

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