This is one of the reasons that I absolutely love doing this blog--getting to know the awesome people that make up the children's literature community.
On February 13, 2017 we interviewed Maria for the "1st Looks/1st Books" feature on the blog (read her interview here). This morning she announced that she was invited to speak at TEDx event March 10, 2017 at the St. Louis University/Madrid.
Way to go Maria! Check out all the info on her event here.
What is your earliest memory of a book?
Well, I remember the first moment I ever read a book. It was a little fairy book that my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Reinhardt, had given me. I have no idea what it was called, but I loved it immensely. The pictures showed little fairies who lived in flowers and had tea parties, and I positively wanted to crawl inside and live there. (Let’s be honest, part of me would still do it in a heartbeat!)
Because I had it memorized, I had been fooling people for a few days that I already knew how to read, and then I had this moment, where the words suddenly came into focus, and I knew what they said. I was so excited to really be reading that I shouted out “I can read!” Sadly for me, everyone around me was like, “Yeah, we already know you can read.”
Anyway, every once in a while, I get that feeling again in dreams, where the words are appearing as I’m reading them, and it is incredibly exciting - very much like doing magic. Very early on I equated reading books with magical abilities.
Books are pretty magical, when you think about it. Tell us, how did you go from being a book lover to a book maker?
I collaborate in projects using art or technology to help children and adults that need an extra dose of strength. I do this through storytelling, painting robots with superpowers, teaching people how to create their books, and giving workshops and talks so adults can become confident and creative again. I have illustrated books for other authors, in addition to my own stories.
Best of all, I am the mom of three little musicians and voracious readers. We all love to create, paint, write, compose and travel the world together.
What is your earliest memory of books?