Charlie and Lola Author Lauren Child Headlines July Issue of Story Monsters Ink

Long before Lauren Child was named the UK Children's Laureate and before she became an illustrator & author of children's books, she attempted a number of other occupational endeavors, including starting a lampshade business. "It didn't quite work out," she says. When Child mentioned to a friend that she wanted to write a film script, the friend suggested she try writing a picture book instead. The result was Clarice Bean, That's Me, published in 1999, & Child hasn't stopped since.
 
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Lauren Child Story Monsters Ink July 2018 cover
Lauren Child Story Monsters Ink July 2018 cover
CHANDLER, Ariz. - June 25, 2018 - PRLog -- Long before Lauren Child was named the UK Children's Laureate and before she became an illustrator and author of children's books, she attempted a number of other occupational endeavors, including starting a lampshade business. "It didn't quite work out," she says. When Child mentioned to a friend that she wanted to write a film script, the friend suggested she try writing a picture book instead. The result was Clarice Bean, That's Me, published in 1999, and Child hasn't stopped since. "I always knew I wanted to do something with drawing," says Child. "Growing up, it was one of the few things that I felt truly confident about."

        Child talked with Story Monsters Ink magazine about her newest Charlie and Lola book and the final volume in her Ruby Redfort series.

        Danica McKellar also stopped by to talk numbers. McKellar may be best known for her portrayal of Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, but she's also a mathematics superstar who graduated from UCLA summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics and was part of a team that discovered the math theorem that now bears her name. Parents can count on McKellar's newest book, Do Not Open This Math Book to serve as a guide to basic Common Core concepts around addition and subtraction, both for their children and themselves.

"Today, math gets confusing earlier," says McKellar. "A lot of parents of first and second grade students don't understand their kids' math homework. All of those prickly, back-of-the-neck fears of incompetence are coming back, but at a grade level where it shouldn't be happening. I love that I can do something about that."

The magazine's July issue also includes interviews with Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White, Kate Biberdorf, Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, Amy Welborn, Irene Applebaum Buchine and Sue Fliess.

Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California president Alva Sachs offers tips to avoid the "summer slide" and teacher and reading specialist Larissa Juliano talks about stories that stick.

To read the full interviews or learn more about Story Monsters Ink, visit www.StoryMonsters.com, email info@storymonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.

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