All I wanted was a short list of ten or twelve must-read, classic children’s books to read to my daughter. That’s all! So I took the approach I always take to matters like this – I went to the public library and borrowed a brick-sized book called A Critical History of Children’s Literature. Six hundred pages later, I was hooked.
The history of children’s literature led me to the history of childhood… fairy tales led to folk tales and myths, but also to princesses, and Freudian interpretations, and movie adaptations, and Walt Disney, and feminist concerns… a scan of children’s movies led to the history of children’s television, and marketing and commercials and a whole sticky mess of parental and legislator concerns… which led to theories of education, and theories of parenting, and the history of parenting, and… and… and…
Down the rabbit hole I went.
Let me tell you what I found…
Kim Thompson studied history at the University of Saskatchewan before drifting into the world of Film in Toronto. She has made her own short films, worked in television and film production, and written scripts for many popular children’s television shows.
Kim’s first novel, Eldritch Manor, was published in the fall of 2012. It’s a YA fantasy novel ideal for ages 8 and up. (For more about Eldritch manor, check out her Author Website here.).
Currently Kim’s world is ruled by a seven-year-old dancing maniac and professional loon.