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I didn't make my first trip abroad until I was in my thirties and, a decade later, I have had only two more adventures - to London and a return visit to Italy. This time of year, especially when I am ringing up travel guides to locations all over the world for customers, I get a bit wistful and dreamy and satisfy my wanderlust with a little armchair traveling. There are so many wonderful kid's books that feature foreign locales - fiction and nonfiction, picture book, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult - that I thought I'd do a week of posts featuring these titles. I decided to turn to Erica, author of the fantastic book blog Storied Cities for help. Erica, who also has a parenting blog called What We Do All Day is mom to two boys, ages 7 and 3. She describes her book blog as featuring "decidedly urban illustrated and chapter books for children." Fortunately, her background in theater prepared her for hours and hours of dramatic read alouds to her sons. Stay tuned this week for Erica's book lists (with a few contributions from me) featuring kid's books set in London, Paris, Italy and New York City!
But first, I have been enthralled and intrigued by Storied Cities for quite a while now. When I finally figured out a way to feature Erica's breadth of knowledge at books4yourkids.com, I couldn't resist asking her a few questions about her experiences traveling and her interest in kid's books set in cities.
You are clearly a person with a passion, an interest and the desire to share your knowledge with others. Can you describe the moment when you had the idea to start Storied Cities.com?
What is your travel experience? Where have you been and what are your favorite cities?
Did you travel as a child and what are your memories of those times?
You have two children, ages 7 and 3, have you traveled with them and what was it like? (If you have traveled with them, do you read books to prepare for the trip?)
How do you find your books to review?
As your kids get older, how do you see your familial reading habits evolving?
Erica, Thanks so much for your blog, for taking the time to answer these questions, and especially for sharing your knowledge with us in this interview and the fantastic book lists!