As children's book authors we get so caught up, first in creating our books, then in submitting, revising, and marketing them that we sometimes forget the best part – getting them into the hands of our readers!
When I wrote my first book NOELLE OF THE NUTCRACKER, illustrated by Jan Brett, I truly did forget or perhaps I never fully realized that one day children would read the book and bring to it their own imaginations, stories, and dreams. I had been so immersed, first in writing it, and then in the euphoria of having it published, that I didn't think about the kids. Then I got my first fan letter from a little girl in Chicago. "I liked your book because it made me happy," she wrote. "Thank you for writing this book." (What a review! Children not only make great readers, they are the best reviewers.)
A friend recently sent the photo above of her God-son reading my new Halloween book, LITTLE GOBLINS TEN. I love seeing it in his hands, where it belongs. And if he wants to review it, that's fine by me too.