Before becoming the mother of three brilliant, adorable, marvelous children — Eloise, 6; Charlotte, 5; and Flora, 10 months — I received a world-class education in journalism at the University of Missouri and had a short-lived career as a small-town 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 6, 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.