Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the January Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series!
I have to apologize for the delay in posting up the answers for Children’s Book interview series as we previously had two authors pulling out from the interview due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, we thank them for introducing two other authors for this interview series. But, now we now have not 12, but 14 authors participating in this group author interview.
Yes, I’m breaking the rules for this interview series! While looking for the last author to join us, I had to email a few of them at one go, just to make sure at least one of them gets back to me to complete this interview series. And guess what? I had not one, but THREE authors sending in their submissions at the same time! Can I say no to two of them? Would it be fair? No! So, yes, the more the merrier, I thought. Therefore, let’s welcome 14 authors for this interview series.
The first seven questions are from a ten-year old children’s book reviewer and BookTuber, named Neha Praveen. You can follow her on Twitter at @npstation2018
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So, the 12th question is “If there is one thing children’s books should focus on improving, what would that be?”
1) Author #1 : Ann Harrison-Barnes
I think Children’s books can not only educate young readers, but also encourage them to use their imaginations and learn what creative talents they have to offer to the world. Kids need to learn how to continue to use their creative imaginations long after they reach adulthood. I’ve observed the ways in which many people bury their creativity and focus on a job that is more structured than creative in nature. Allowing my creative imagination to grow with me, is what has made me the creative author I am today
2) Author #2: Samantha Hardin
I think we need to write books that make kids like reading. If kids don’t like or care about the story, they are not going to be invested in reading it or anything else.
3) Author #3: C.J. Rains
I feel that the world has moved away from the innocence of childhood. Bringing back traditional values through reading would be a great improvement.
4) Author #4: Padma Venkatraman
I have been working on promoting multicultural (or diverse books, as we now call them) for over a decade and many authors and publishers and people in the writing industry have been at it even longer than I have. I think the organization #WeNeedDiverseBooks has done remarkable work recently, and their unparalleled dedication has resulted in tremendous strides and magnificent progress – but we still have a long way to go and a lot to do to help increase diversity in the children’s book industry, everywhere in the world.
5) Author #5: Elizabeth Gerlach
I think the trend we are seeing now is very important. Having all groups of people represented in children’s books is powerful.
6) Author #6: Cassie Miller
At this junction, there are so many amazing titles, authors and illustrators I feel that what needs improving isn’t the books so much as the reception and delivery of the books. Television, cell phones, tablets and computers have become the norm, adapting to that is the challenge for children’s books
7) Author #7: Charlie Bee
Unless educational, (or may be even so), every page should be a page turner.
8) Author #8: Jerry Craft
I would like to see more books featuring kids of color who are doing the same things that kids in other books are doing: eating ice cream, playing, having imaginary friends.
9) Author #9: Linda Covella
Publishers are becoming more aware of the need for diversity in children’s books, including creating an appropriate cover that reflects the character(s) in the book. Also, I’d like to see more internationally published books made available to children here in the United States. So many of our children grow up knowing very little about other countries.
10) Author #10: Tracy K
Making it clean for kids to read. Some books are too filthy and to grotesque
11) Author #11: Beffy Parkin
Children’s books definitely need to be more diverse! There’s so many cultures and backgrounds in this world that need more representation in children’s literature and picture books. The more children are exposed to diversity, the more they can understand the world around them!
12) Author #12: Lory Linn
I think some books are too immature, for example, rhyming is great for a 3-year old, but not so much for a 5-year old. I think children’s books need to concentrate more on traditional lessons and less fantasy and they should always incorporate honesty and trust.
13) Author #13: Karen Magnen
Books should be fun and entertaining and teach lessons that children of the age group it is geared towards can and should understand. Reading a story to your child should capture their imagination and make them want to read. Stories teaching kids that they do not have to be a girl or boy if they do not want to, or teaching a six year old about the dangers of having Trump as our President do not make any sense to me. Those kind of books when I see them, just make me angry and I want to start screaming in the middle of the book store about what adults are trying to do to our kids. Let kids be kids. Let them be innocent as long as possible for goodness sake! Get back to basics, reading should be fun!
14) Author #14: Dr. Graham Clingbine
To ensure that information and storylines are set out in a format and level suitable for the age of the child readers without taking them too far ahead into the future with issues of adult themes best dealt with later on in life.
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