What's in Their Backpack?
by Kim Winters, Kat's Eye Journal for Writers
This month I surveyed children's writers about what they're reading and why. In a short time, my inbox was overflowing with responses so thoughtful and compelling that my list of to-read books has grown considerably. Here's what some of today's children's writers are reading:Kate Gingold
, the author of Ruth by Lake and Prairie
, a narrative history of the founding of Naperville, is currently reading "Sense and Sensibility
, by Jane Austen, for the umpteenth time."
Here's what she wrote when asked how the book made it to her nightstand:
Actually, I keep a metallic basket on the side of the bed that holds nearly all of Jane Austen's books, even the little History of England
she wrote as a youngster. If I'm not involved in another book, I can always pull out one of hers and enjoy it all over again. I love the elegance and the humor, and since my own writing deals with that period of time, it gives me a better understanding of their mindset and manners.
When asked what books are next in line, she says:
I'm embarrassed to say this, but I haven't read the last Harry Potter book yet. I promised myself I wouldn't read it until I finished writing my own, and now I'm so busy I'm afraid to start reading and get swept away.
Kate Gingold resides in Naperville, Illinois. Writes Kate:
We raised our family, launched our Internet business and became involved in the community of Naperville. While the city planned its 175th anniversary celebration, I realized there were no children's books on the subject. What I thought would be a quick re-write turned into months of research. Ruth by Lake and Prairie
was released this year, a narrative history of the founding of Naperville, written for her youngest citizens.