I just had a delicious mango-pineapple smoothie at a cafe on Sherbrooke St., in NDG, the Montreal neighbourhood where I live. Better even than the smoothie (which was totally yum-yum) was the company-- I was with a friend named Carol-Ann Hoyte.
Carol-Ann does many things -- most of them are connected to the world of children's lit. She is assistant librarian at Selwyn House School; she writes about children's lit for publications like Canadian Children's Book News ; she is Quebec regional coordinator for Canadian Children's Book Week ; and she's a poetess! (I love the word poetess; it's way more poetic than poet, don't you think?) Carol-Ann is also co-representative of Yes Oui CANSCAIP, the Quebec branch of CANSCAIP , an amazing organization that supports and encourages writers, illustrators and performers whose work is geared to kids.
I asked Carol-Ann why she got into kid lit. Her answer was so interesting I had to hunt for a napkin and jot it down for you, dear blog reader: "Writing for children is real. It keeps you close to youth. Children are an appreciative audience. They're the people I want to speak to. It might sound bad, but there's nothing creative that I have to say to adults."
So three cheers for Carol-Ann and all the great work she does to support kid lit in Quebec and Canada. And Carol-Ann, if you're reading this, thanks for the smoothie!
Hi Miss P!
That smoothie sure sounds yummy! Anyways, I was reading the Gazette this morning and sure enough I stumbled on your book review special to the Gazette. I particularly enjoyed the part about the salade niçoise! It was a nice surprise to see you in the paper. I'm sure you are working hard on your books but I still hope you are enjoying the summer. Good luck with your books and I'm looking forward to seeing you!
Hi Michele!! Nice to get your message! Can you believe summer is coming to an end? Yikes!! I'm writing away and that makes me happy. Hope you are also doing things that make you happy. Best best from me