I'm happy to debut a new blog feature today: guest posts by real, live kids!  I've wanted to do this for a long time and I'm super excited.  Let's get to it!

Meet Ava.  Ava with an A as in awesome.  We met at the library after Ava posted my favorite review of BABY PENGUINS EVERYWHERE! ever on her blog.  She included a photo of the book on a white carpet next to a penguin stuffy.  Did any other reviewers think of doing that?  Nope.


Hi Ava, and thanks for doing this.  How old are you?  

I am ten years old and I am in fifth grade.


What's your favorite picture book?  You don't have to say mine.
DOG LOVES DRAWING by Louise Yates.  My mom checked the book out from the library for my brother but thought I would like it and I did.

The reason I like this book is because I love to draw.  In the story, the dog draws an owl.  I love owls.

Ava's Owl
That's a great owl!  Do you have a favorite author?  You still don't have to say me.
I don’t have a favorite but I really liked reading THE SECRET ZOO by Bryan Chick.  I can’t wait to read the next books in the series.  Right now I am reading WHAT WE FOUND IN THE SOFA AND HOW IT SAVED THE WORLD by Henry Clark.


How long have you had your own blog, and why did you decide to start?
I started Reading Rascals Review in September of 2012.  When I was in second grade, my mom started a book club for me and a few of my friends.  When we were going into 4th grade, I started blogging to keep track of the books we were reading and what we thought about them.  I named the blog after our club, The Reading Rascals.


Is there something else you'd like to share about yourself or your family?
I have a sister named Eliana, a brother named Aaron, a mom named Kimberly, and a dad named Carl, and me, Ava.

I have always loved art class.  I do lots of arts and crafts in my basement craft room with my family.  I also do sports such as Lacrosse and Swimming.


I love swimming, it's my favorite thing about summer.  Did you do anything special this summer?
This summer I went on an RV trip to Williamsburg Virginia, Virginia Beach, and Jamestown.  While we were there we went to Busch Gardens, an amusement park and water park.

When we go on vacations we like to stop and eat at restaurants that have been on the show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives."  Most of the food is very tasty.  I really like it.


There you have it, folks: the next generation of reading, blogging, RV-ing rascals.  Thanks for visiting me today, Ava!  I really like you.


This Saturday afternoon, I'll be talking about making picture books at the incomparable Books of Wonder.  An SCBWI-sponsored event.

I won't bring candy.  Don't you bring any, either!  Blech.

4-6pm, 18 West 18th Street, NYC

Books of Wonder Inside Story Event