Welcome! The two greatest positive influences in my life have been my family...
and books. One can find so much in books! Inspiration, consolation, information...escape, joy, entertainment. I've been responsible for Bookworms,a column of concise yet colloquial reviews of what's new and/or good in children's literature, as well as the occassional author interview.
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. Readership is about 48,000 and stretches from Baltimore City throughout Baltimore County and into parts of Harford, Carroll , Howard and Anne Arundel counties. This link is for the abbreviated on-line version. Be sure to check out the article in the archives on Building a Home Reference Library.
My qualifications? I was an English major (with a concentration in writing), and have been working in libraries since I was 15, in one way 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...aunt to about 18 cousins, and I'm proud to say that I have used them nearly ALL as guinea pigs at one time or another.
So I review the books from many perspectives...as a parent, a librarian, a writer, and last but not least, as someone who has never lost touch with the joys of childhood.
Other Favorite Links are:
Children's Literture Web Guide
Family Education Network