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What children's book changed the way you see the world?


If you want to establish a place in the fond memories of generations to come, you don't necessarily have to write a book, you can give the gift of a book - or better yet, take time to curl up with a child and read a book to him or her.  When conducting interviews for ther latest book, Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life, Anita Silvey found that, regardless of the passage of time, most people remember quite clearly the events and/or people associated with that one special book whose characters or storylineinfluenced them in a profound way.

"To this day, I return to the Tom Swift books, and I have read them to my own children as a form of inspiration," (Steve Wozniak) Could a ghostwriter named Victor Appleton II, who created this series about a genius inventor, have anything to do with the naming of Apple Inc. by its co-founder Mr. Wozniak?  Ms. Silvey's research confirmed that from The Snowy Day, to The Little Engine That Could, to Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, it is not difficult for one to pull up vivid memories of that pivotal moment when a particular book inspires in a particular way.

Have you thought of that book yet?  It's time to share . . .

Save the date for next month's Children's Literary Cafe - Saturday, January 9th at 11: 00 a.m.: From the Page to the Screen... Television Screen, That Is

Children's media Executive Liz Lealon, former General Manager of KIDZ BOP, LLC moderates a panel including Diana Manson, Laura Vaccaro Singer, Jim Jinkins and Linda Simensky.


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note toJeanne Lamb

Hello Jeanne, I am a librarian in KY and plan to do a presentation on the history of the NYT Best Illustrated Books at the Mazza Museum. I see you were a judge in 2011. Could you please email me about your experience? Sincerely, Cecilia Horn

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