Here’s another in my series of interviews with children’s book bloggers. Today I report on my interview with Monica Edinger (abbreviated “ME” below), who blogs at educating alice and the Huffington Post. As you will see from the interview, Monica is a teacher and an author, and she has worked around children’s books for a long time. She has even served on the Newbery Medal committee. 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 children’s literature blogs out there. So, after reading the interview, I encourage you to check out Monica’s blog, educating alice; it is one of the most widely read and respected blogs in the kidlitosphere. Click here for the the previous interview in this series.
Q: How and when did you become interested in thinking and writing about children’s books?
ME: I have always been interested in children’s books. Drawing and art was what I did as a kid and so in high school I consciously decided that when I grew up I was going to be a children’s book illustrator. I worked on a number of projects, most notably illustrations for Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and J.R.R. Tolkien’s short story, “A Leaf by Niggle” [in The Tolkien Reader]. In college and after (say, when I was in Sierra Leone as a Peace Corps Volunteer) I continued to do art—fairy tales, Kipling’s The Elephant’s Child, and a few chapters of another favorite book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I had an agent or two and took my work around, got a few nibbles, Continue reading