While those more fortunate are at Book Expo America ( heads up: music at link), I’m at home taking care of two snotty noses and lathering up with hand sanitizer. It’s a glamorous life I lead, yes?
Fortunately, there’s Armchair BEA for people like me. And so if you’re visiting for the first time, welcome. And if you’ve been around for a little while, maybe today’s post will give you a little peek into the beginnings of Once Upon A Story, as well as a little more about me.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Who am I? I’m a Northern Virginia suburbs resident with small-town roots. I am a daughter, a sister, and a wife. I am a former classroom teacher, with a graduate degree in library science, now staying at home with a 3 year old (Preschooler) and a 6 month old (Baby). That combination role of teacher/librarian/mom is the driving force behind this blog. I’ve been blogging for 7 years, but only here at Once Upon A Story for a little over two years. This blog comes from both a desire to chat books with others, and also to encourage/support parents who want to read with their children at home, but feel overwhelmed by the task. You can read a little more about me here.
2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I’m currently reading See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Two of my favorite chapter books that I’ve read in 2012 are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. In the world of picture books, my recent favorites include The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool for it’s amazing illustrations, the Bear series by Karma Wilson for fun bedtime read-alouds, and Pretzel by Margaret Rey for a new-to-me classic.
3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
My husband and I are big fans of Virginia wines. Before we had children, we used to do wine-tasting weekends. That doesn’t happen very often anymore, but we still manage to search out some good labels. My blogging and reading often occurs after the kids are in bed, where you’ll find often find me kicked back on my own bed, laptop at the ready, and a glass of wine nearby. We recently discovered moscato, which may be my new favorite summer drink. Yum.
4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
This blog is a reflection of me. I’m not fancy over here. I don’t have a tremendous following. But those who know me in person can attest to the fact that the “voice” of this blog is my own. You’ll find book recommendations and literacy tips because that’s my passion, but I’m also a parent of two small children and I want that reality to come across as well. So in the spirit of keeping it real, I offer a personal confession every Friday. Because while I do think literacy is fundamentally important, my kids are kids, and I’m a regular parent, and sometimes we have failings and very, very non-educational moments. You’ll find those moments here, too.
5. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
I don’t think that they have changed, but I would say that they’ve certainly broadened. The wonderful thing about being involved in this community is how willing people are to share. In the past couple years, I have picked up and enjoyed many books that I might not otherwise have heard of, or been drawn to. While I appreciate professional reviews, I really enjoy hearing the thoughts of other bloggers, many of whom are teachers, librarians, and parents just like me. It’s these recommendations that tend to drive my book choices for both myself and my children these days.
Thank you for stopping by! Please, please let me know you were here! I’m pretty good about responding to comments. After bedtime, when I’m enjoying that glass of wine.
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