My qualifications? I was
an English major (with a concentration in writing), and have been working
in libraries since I was 15, in one form or another. I was a librarian
in public libraries for about 10 years, and have also worked in two high
school libraries. I am the mother of (depending on how you count them)
3, 5 or 6 children.
So I review the books
from many perspectives...as a parent, a librarian, a writer, but most of
all, as someone who has never lost the feeling of wonder that books can bring.
I'm looking to expand into online publishing; the print version of
Bookworms has been going on for 14 years in Baltimore's Child, a monthly parenting
publication dedicated to printing useful stuff for parents in
the Baltimore metropolitan area.
What do I look for? A happy meld between words and pictures, where
one compliments the other...where the writers can tell stories without
patronizing or preaching...or where illustrators can be artists that create pictures obviously more advanced than kindergarden attempts. I do believe that some of the best and most neglected art these days is in children's books.
Picture books are obviously for
babies, preschoolers and beginning readers. Older kids books are
children's novels for (roughly) fourth graders on up to young adult.
And transitional books are the ones in between, with short chapters,
easy to read typefaces, and a fair amount of illustrations - a
transition from picture books to novels.
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family, or the links below for business
information. We're interested in hearing any feedback, so feel free
with any reasonable suggestions.