Here is another in my series of interviews with kids books bloggers. Today I report on my interview with Carol Rasco (abbreviated “CR” below), who blogs at Rasco From RIF. Carol is a prominent children’s reading and literacy advocate in the United States and is currently CEO of Reading is Fundamental (RIF). In her blog she shares reviews and reflections on the world of children’s books. 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 kids’ books, including children’s reading and literacy resources. RIF’s website has some particularly good resources that can help children learn to read. So, after reading the interview, I encourage you to check out Carol’s blog (link above), as well as the excellent resources on the RIF website. I also encourage you to consider making a donation to RIF. Thanks Carol!
Q: How and when did you become interested in children’s reading and literacy?
CR: I was an avid reader from an early age, always wanted to have plenty of books in case I finished one book, ready to start the next. And I found studying authors great fun, loved many genres early on but in particular biographies, poetry, and travel books in addition to the more traditional novels. My undergraduate degree was in elementary education and I then taught sixth grade until going into elementary / early childhood counseling when I used bibliotherapy in many situations. While I then took a pause from the “paid workforce” as my two children were born, I re-entered that workforce in the policy field for the next 20 years. When that period came to a close I chose RIF as the place I wanted to be, back to the children’s books! Continue reading