Jenny S.



Chicago, IL

Organizer since:

March 29, 2007

When you try to name old children's books, what books do you think of?

I'm a children's literature scholar so I think of Aesop's Fables, Johann Amos Comenius, Charles Perrault, Greek and Latin schoolbooks, etc., etc.

What kind of children's literature do you like best/collect?

I love tales of magic and wonder and also beautifully illustrated books. I have bought broadly over the years but those themes run through my collection.

What are your favorite books and series now?

Any book by Diana Wynne Jones, Andrew Lang's Prince Prigio with the Robert Lawson illustrations, Lawson's The Great Wheel, the Harry Potter series, Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest quartet, etc. etc.

What was your favorite series as a child?

The Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson, John R. Neill and the rest.

What was your favorite book as a child?

I read and reread Jean Lee Latham's Carry on, Mr. Bowditch (1956). The story of success against all odds, a loving family in spite of sorrows, and wonderful illustrations, just enchanted me.


Hello, my name is Jenny. I've always loved children's books and kept my own childhood collection and continued to add books. The oldest item in my collection is from ca. 1800 (a chapbook) and I just bought a wonderful British YA published in 2006.

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