While enrolled at Vermont College of Fine Arts, I was lucky enough to hear Anita Silvey, a booky rock star. I became completely tongue-tied and goofy when I actually met her – not because she’s the least bit scary or intimidating – but because I was too in awe. She truly is a charming encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. She’s absolutely brilliant. And has fabulous hats.
And now I’ve discovered her blog, A Book-A-Day.
The Children’ s Book-a-Day Almanac is a daily love letter to a book or author. Here you will find events, trivia, and celebrations for every day of the year, as well as a featured children’ s book to explore in more depth. Children’s book expert Anita Silvey discusses what each book is about and who each book is for, and she’ll also walk you behind the scenes to tell some of the backstories of how our classics came to be. While the Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac includes books for toddlers to teens, it’s also organized by age, genre, and theme so that you can find recommendations for the young readers in your life.
This is a real gift to teachers, librarians, parents, and authors – anyone who loves children’s books, especially giddy fan-girls like me.
Sarah Wones Tomp
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