Noël De Vries
I'm a girl
who posted yesterday (or the day before). For sure I'll write something
tomorrow. So, sorry, nothing new today. I'm a devotee of märchen, 4:00,
mercy, magic rings, the Continent, marmalade, rounded doorways, keening
Northern music, and bookshops. My favorite novels are here. Contact me here.
Children's literature is the Bread & Grains of my reading diet. I
have six younger siblings, with whom I read out loud and share
recommendations. I had the brilliant opportunity to work as a children's
librarian in a small public library for six years, including three
years in acquisitions, until I went the way of Jane Eyre and became a
governess/au pair in Europe. I started this blog because I've
never stopped reading--or loving--children's/YA. Which is why I write
it. I wrote my first YA novel when I was 14, for a year-long English
assignment. It was terrible. My first children's fantasy began as a high
school senior. So technically, my current work in progress is novel #3.
But back to the topic: I like to think about what I read. Books are
about communicating ideas, and if there is only one mouth moving (the
author’s), then the Great Conversation is completely lost. It's crucial
to think and speak in the world of children’s literature, because when
you read a book as a child it becomes part of your identity in a way
that no other reading in your life ever does and I've gotten carried
away (name the source of that quote and we're sure to be friends). FYI,
my thoughts are grounded in a historic Christian worldview.