I like to imagine that I’ve invited you over for a steaming cup of hot tea. Cozy up in an overstuffed chair, savor the mug’s warmth in your hands, and let’s chat about family, faith, gardening, children’s-book moments, and, of course, the books themselves.
Why the title “A Children’s Book World”?
1. I know that not every moment in this life is “children’s book.” For years, one of my husband’s common phrases has been, “I guess that doesn’t belong in your children’s book world.” He’s right!
Even so, I’m surprised how often the window opens, and the two worlds merge. I “collect” the moments in which I feel I have slipped inside an illustrated page. Reading to my children and gardening increase the frequency of these moments.
2. Children’s books reflect my Christian faith. Though they often cover the toughest topics (war, death, illness, etc.), children’s books never leave the reader without hope. There is always a light in the darkness.
Psalm 27:13 says, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” I am too! Children’s books remind me to focus on that goodness. Let us “gaze upon the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4) all the days of our lives!
3. I am a children’s book author. My first picture book, The Christmas House (Ideals Children’s Books), was published in 2008. My new picture book, Your Nursery Is an Everywhere, is forthcoming with Blue Whale Press. I keep writing, hoping to add a few more droplets to the sparkling pool of children’s literature.