I'm a children's book illustrator, a children's book fanatic, a mother to two children's book fanatics and all around lover of all things children's books. I read a ton of books with my preschooler and also lots of chapter books with my grade school son.
Recently, my mother unearthed a box of my old children's books and I squealed in happiness. Cracking those books open and reading them again took me back to my childhood memories. Those books filled me with wonder and possibility. They kept me company when I was lonely or sad and fired up my imagination with their words and "pretty pictures." I felt like I was finally reunited with my old friends! What a gift books are to children and what an honor it is to make them.
Michaele S. Razi