Once again, I love how life works sometimes. One of our favorite children's book authors, Asia Citro, just happens to live close to me and posted about her upcoming book festival in one of my Seattle-area Facebook groups. Surprised that she was local, I messaged her and asked for an interview. Although her schedule precluded us from meeting in person, we met via Skype for my child's first author interview.
By "my child's first author interview," I mean that my almost six-year-old kiddo came up with the questions per Asia Citro's request.Scannable Fake ID, What a fun idea! I've edited my child's questions only ever-so-slightly and summarized the responses.
As I told the author, I love that I don't need to edit or reword the content to make it appropriate for my child when I read to her. Long before I'd even met Asia Citro, however, I'd put her Zoey and Sassafras series on our list of Best Books for Kids to Build Self-Esteem and Confidence. Be it this series or her other books, they all make us think. They're all fun. And they're all incredibly engaging for the whole family. The quality of the writing and the humor are rock solid. I've even caught my husband paging through them when no children are around. He'll freely and proudly own up to that.
I confess that I'm a go-to-the-library-kind-of-mom, but these books, we purchase. We put a lot of reading miles on them. Here's her ever-growing list (afflinks):
Usually my family; my kids. And my mom, too. My mom used to be a second grade teacher, so she has a lot of good insight.
I used to be a teacher in a school, but when I became a mommy, I decided to stay home with my baby girl. I started a blog that people liked, and eventually I started writing books, too. The first one I wrote was called 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids. I'm still writing. In fact, I'm almost done with Zoey and Sassafras #7! Plus, I care about book access for kids. A lot of my work is about that.
[She pans the camera around her workspace, showing her desk, a door to her right, and a picture with pretty rainbow colors behind her.best fake ids, Perhaps most importantly to our young interviewer, she shows us the wonderful cat who's been on her lap the whole time we've been talking. The cat declined to comment, but seemed sincerely engaged in the conversation. He winked at me. True story.]
I loved so many books! Beverly Cleary, Judy Bloom / Ramona...oh, wow. So many!
With my kids, yes.
Marion (Lindsay) is wonderful. We love her. She lives in England, though, so pretty far from here in Seattle.
Yes! I'll be at the book festival on September 28 in Seattle. You should come! So many amazing authors are going to be there.
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