Submitted by Elaine Magliaro
Much has happened in my life in the past few years. In July of 2010, my daughter, who is my only child, got married. A few months later, Jonathan asked me to be one of the three original guest bloggers at Res Ipsa Loquitor. In 2011, I became a grandmother…and a nanny granny. That year, I also signed my first book contract with Chronicle Books. In 2012, my husband and I bought a house that had an in-law apartment with my daughter and son-in-law. We did this so it would be more convenient for me to provide daycare for my granddaughter Julia. In 2013, my husband and I sold the house where we had lived for nearly forty years and moved into our new home.
Moving was not an easy task. I own thousands of books—many of which are books for children and young adults. A great number of those children’s books are poetry collections and anthologies. Although I donated hundreds of books to the Reach Out and Read program at a local health clinic and to some of the kids in my old neighborhood, I couldn’t bear to part with my poetry books. I wanted to share them with my granddaughter Julia in hopes that she will also develop a love of poetry like her “Gammy.”