I started revising an alphabet book begun several years ago when it occurred to me that I had written an essay on ABC books when working toward my MFA and thought, it might be time to revisit the topic.
Alphabet books have been around since colonial days when not only were children taught their ABC’s, but their morals as well. During the beginning of the Nazi movement, an anti-Semitic ABC book was even written by Elvira Bauer for Hitler to teach young children about the evils of Jews (Thurston 317). Today, alphabet books are universally understood to be those books for young preschoolers who are just beginning to recognize letters. Older children might become offended if ABC books are offered to them as an option for appropriate reading at home or in the classroom. Parents might, in fact, discourage their child from choosing an ABC book once they have begun to read. However, beyond the “simple” ABC book, alphabet books offer a variety of forms and context for readers of all ages, abilities, and circumstances, and serve multiple purposes.
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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