Welcome, Christina. Before we get started, tell us a little about yourself.I write books and articles for kids ranging in age from 4 to 14, primarily nonfiction and mostly about animals, natural history, and biology. I write about these topics for grown-up readers, too, mainly on my blog Piccalilli Pie. And in between, I work on picture-book and middle-grade manuscripts whenever I get a chance.
Here are a few of my titles.
Library Love When You Were A CubAlmost every Friday evening, my father would take me to the big library in the town of Huntington, Long Island, NY, and set me free in the children’s department. When we got back in the car, I’d spread my finds across the back seat and read their titles aloud to him as we drove home. He’d nod and murmur appreciatively and ask me questions about them. I realize now that he wasn’t familiar with any of the authors or titles, but that just makes me appreciate even more how he helped establish my love of books.
Library Love: An Author's Perspective
I can’t get enough of libraries. They make my whole career possible! There at my fingertips (literally, either in the stacks or online) are thousands of books on the topics I’m researching. If they’re not in my library system, librarians will fetch them from far and wide to bring them to me. Add in the many magazine, newspaper, and other databases that I could never afford to subscribe to on my own, and the world of information available to me is virtually limitless. It never ceases to amaze me—and the librarians who’ve helped me access material are always as keen to acquire it as I am.
Do You Have a Roar for Librarians?Yes! My roar goes to the staff of the Ballard Public Library (except I still believe in keeping my voice down in the library, so I won’t roar while I’m in there).
A Lion’s Pride of Programs:I’ve only done a handful of school or school-library visits, but invariably they are illuminating because kids come up with such a wonderful array of surprising, insightful, or amusing comments and questions. Such visits always reinforce what I remember and what I know about being a kid—and also rearrange what I thought I knew!
A library, to me, is like an old-growth forest—full of things ancient and new, ripe for exploration, ageless, eternal, and beautiful. Less mossy, true, and lacking in squirrels (except if you look up Dewey Decimal number 599.36177). It’s a place to visit again and again and make sure is around for future generations to enjoy.
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