From Board Books to Teen Dramas: LitKid Interviews Anita Silvey
Ms. Anita Silvey is a state-of-the-art Children’s book expert. She has written and published books. She writes books about books and is the author of a picture book, Henry Knox. She runs the Children’s Book Almanac, a site that reviews and goes into backstories of one book a day (childrensbookalmanac.com). I had the pleasure of an interview with Ms. Silvey. Enjoy! 🙂
What was your favorite book as a child and who wrote it?
For every year of my childhood, I have a favorite book. But if I had to choose one, it would be Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.
When did you read your first book, and what book was it?
I don’t remember the first book read to me. The first books I remember reading were Little Golden Books — titles like The Color Kittens or The Pokey Little Puppy. I loved all the Dr. Seuss books, including Horton Hatches the Egg.
When did you write your first book and who published it?
In 1995, Houghton Mifflin published my first book, Children’s Books and Their Creators.
What is your dream children’s novel? (plot, genre, characters)
I simply look for a writer to surprise me — to combine old ideas in new ways. I pick up a book and open the pages to find what is there — not to impose my views on that book.
Do you have a “Book Room” or Library in your house?
I have a library and an entire house filled with books. My stove is piled high with books, as I never use it to cook.
Name 10 famous writers you’ve met as a writer/publisher/editor?
Margret and Hans Rey, Robert McCloskey, P.L. Travers, Ezra Jack Keats, Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, Elizabeth George Speare, Scott O’Dell — the list goes on and on.
What was the first book you read as an adult?
I’m not sure I am an adult yet — check back with me in a few years.
How did books change your life?
I wrote an entire book on this subject, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book. There are some very inspiring stories from 110 people about how books changed their lives.
Note: We’re honored that Ms. Silvey took time to answer LitKid’s questions, and we highly recommend that you bookmark her site – childrensbookalmanac.com – and visit it every day (there is also a link on our blog). You will find new classics and old favorites (and learn things you never knew about them). And, like me, you will likely discover wonderful books that you somehow missed out on growing up. The Almanac is also on Facebook, and you can follow Ms. Silvey on Twitter at @anitasilvey.
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