Hi there, and welcome! I'm Brenda Whitehead, writer for children, mom, and university professor. Although I enjoy teaching and publishing research articles for the academic audience, my heart is full when I am writing and reading stories for children. So here I am, sharing with you my journey into the frontier of children's publishing--please come along for the ride!
Five Things About Me...
I'm an early riser!
I love to greet the day and capitalize on the quiet morning hours before my kiddos up the decibel level. I try to have some quiet time, get my workout in, and spend some time writing or revising my kidlit projects each morning.
I LOVE books--and always have.
My parents love to tell stories of me at age one and two following them around the house with piles of books for them to read to me, shouting, "weed! weed!" My obsession with books continued all the way through childhood, and remains in adulthood--reading is my happy place.
I wrote (and illustrated) my first children's story in first grade.
This was 1991; we had one computer in the classroom that served as our "typing station" for free play time. Day after day I would sit at that computer and type stories I would think up. The teachers would print the text out for me and I would draw illustrations to augment my stellar prose. One story that I remember well was about a box of crayons that came alive--everything was great until the gray crayon went crazy and started trying to eat the others (purple tasted like grapes, red tasted like apples...). Dark? Perhaps. But a testament to the fact that writing and story-telling is a long-held passion. :)
I read at least 5 children's books each day.
I have two young boys who ADORE reading, and shelves of children's books in almost every room of the house. We will often have "reading marathons," where both boys will sit in my lap and we will just read book after book (after book) for an hour or more--it's usually me who has to stop and take a break, lol.
I love a good rhyme.
Rhyme is hard to do--at least, it's hard to do well. But in my family, books with a good rhyme are favorites--Pout Pout Fish (Deborah Diesen), Giraffes Can't Dance (Giles Andreae), If Animals Kissed Goodnight (Ann Whitford Paul), But Not the Hippopotamus (Sandra Boynton), Sheep in a Jeep (Nancy Shaw), and Peck, Peck, Peck (Lucy Cousins) are just a few of the rhyming books that my kids never get tired of hearing, and I never get tired of reading!