Interview with debut creator Ronni Diamondstein about JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVED (Sky Pony Press, illustrated by Bats Langley)

spent her life surrounded by books and immersed on the earth of youngsters’s literature. As a faculty library media specialist and trainer of gifted and gifted college students in the US and overseas, Ronni nurtured her college students’ creativity by sharing her love of studying with them. Ronni is a graduate of Syracuse College. Ronni served on the Board of the Chappaqua Kids’s Guide Pageant and is a Previous President of the Chappaqua Library Board of Trustees. Jackie and the Books She Beloved is her image guide! Ronni lives in Chappaqua, New York along with her toy poodle, Maggie Mae.

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Written by Ronni Diamondstein
Illustrated by Bats Langley
Writer: Sky Pony Press
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You possibly can order the guide wherever you purchase books. Signed, personalised books will be preordered at Ronni’s native unbiased bookstore, The Village Bookstore.

A pleasant new story about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. On this inspirational celebration of studying, readers are launched to an unbiased and assured Jackie and the thought of how books guided her life. The insightful story paints the portrait of a kid captivated by studying and a love of literature and writing—from 5‑yr‑previous Jackie studying Chekhov tales to a seasoned and assured Jackie at her desk as an editor within the final twenty years of her life. Jackie by no means wrote a memoir however revealed herself within the almost 100 books she introduced into print. 

JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVED was a labor of affection. I had been researching Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for almost 30 years, plus having recognized who she was and admiring her since I used to be a baby. When she handed away in 1994, at first I wished to write down a novel, then my buddy Margot Datz, who illustrated Carly Simon’s image books and labored with Jackie because the editor, prompt I write for youngsters. 

It took years however I finally got here up with the suitable angle to inform Jackie’s story.  It was one thing that I had in widespread with Jackie: a love of literature. I noticed a thread of how this love of the written phrase influenced Jackie’s life and strung this collectively within the narrative.  The unique JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVEDmanuscript was for much longer and in collaboration with my editor Nicole Frail the additional materials was included into my creator’s word, again matter and I created a timeline. 

I used to be very fortunate to be concerned within the illustration course of from a say within the alternative of the illustrator, Bats Langley, to collaborating with him on the artwork. I’ve fairly an intensive assortment of books about Jackie and the Kennedys with nice images that I shared with him. For instance, the horse statue on the quilt is rather like the statue she had on her piano in her New York house. It was a fabulous collaboration! Sooner or later he requested what Jackie’s favourite birthday cake was. In fact, I had a guide known as COOKING WITH MADAM in my assortment so I might ship him footage of Jackie’s birthday cake that you simply’ll discover in our guide! And I even had a say within the endpaper design! I really like quotes and had a lot of Jackie’s quotes about books that I wished included within the guide so I prompt we use them on the endpapers. And I additionally knew her private Smythson stationery was powder blue, in order that was the colour we selected for the endpapers.

I like that I’m introducing a brand new era to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a outstanding one that was amongst different issues an interesting First Woman of the US. The opposite piece to that is that it’s about how essential studying and books have been to her and the way they’ll form somebody’s life. Although it’s written for ages 4-8, I imagine older youngsters and adults will respect the story. I hope it evokes younger readers to write down and wish to learn extra. Jackie as soon as mentioned, “There are numerous methods to enlarge your baby’s world. Love of books is the very best of all.”  It’s one thing I spent my complete profession doing as a faculty library media specialist. 

I spoke about this to Mary Boone just lately. My reply is solely two phrases: !

Learn heaps and many books! I used to be lucky to have spent my life studying youngsters’s books, beginning with my job in faculty within the youngsters’s room of a  library to changing into a trainer and college librarian.  

And write! Be part of writing teams, take writing workshops, discover a writing neighborhood. Write day by day, even it’s your buying listing or in your journal.

One other suggestion I’ve is to learn like a author. Discover mentor texts and analyze how they’re constructed and why they’re profitable.

And skim your writing aloud!

is my debut guide! 

 I’m very excited concerning the official launch of JACKIE AND THE BOOKS SHE LOVED on Thursday,

And I used to be honored to be requested by the Nationwide First Women Library in Canton, Ohio to do the on Thursday,

On Saturday,


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