Before becoming the mother of two brilliant, adorable, marvelous children — Eloise, 4, and Charlotte, 3 — I received a world-class education in journalism at the University of Missouri and had a short-lived career as a newspaper reporter. Once my youngest was up and walking, I started this blog in an attempt to dust off my rusty writing skills and to share my immense passion for children’s literature.
Like my mother before me, there’s nothing I enjoy doing more with my girls than sitting together in a chair and reading a stack of books. It’s the physical closeness of snuggling up and the satisfaction of holding their attention, not to mention the pat on the back I can give myself for bolstering their intellectual development. More than anything, though, it’s planting the seed of my greatest passion, a love for reading and learning, and watching it grow right before my eyes.
My oldest, Eloise, is now 4 1/2, but my collection of books intended for her began long before her existence was even imagined. I’d head to the bookstore looking for a new piece of fiction but I’d almost always end up in the children’s section. While finding an interesting and original piece of adult literature can sometimes feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, finding a good picture book is more like sampling flavors at a gelateria: nearly every book will be enjoyable but a few you’ll want to read time and time again. Those are the books I’m hunting for and, once found, want to share with you.