Dear Readers, I’ve
already featured a couple of Jamie Bryant’s children’s picture books on the
blog. They are so colorful with fun stories that really grab preschooler’s
attention. My great grandsons, aged 3 and almost 2, love the pictures and the
repetition with the animals. At the same time, they’re learning concepts. I
know a lot of people have electronic tablet devices for their children. Since
these books come both in print and Kindle editions, they are just right for
Welcome back, Jamie. What
compelled you to write a children’s book series?
When my children were young, I read to them every day. Now
that I have grandchildren finding a great book that I love to read to them has
proven to be challenging at times. When I did find a story or character that
the children enjoyed, I would usually look for that character or author again.
When I sat down to write the first book in this series, Monkey in the Mailbox, my imagination ran wild. That very night I
wrote down 9 more potential titles for this series.
How does a story for
children come to you?
I managed my own home childcare business for eighteen years.
The children often would often say to me, “Tell us a Story, Miss Jamie.”
Needless to say I had to be always ready and keep my imagination soaring to
keep coming up with stories. Also when something happens and it’s funny or
interesting I take note of it. One day my husband was eating a sandwich at the
table with me and one of the children I was caring for. She was four years old
and got extremely excited when she saw a ladybug on his sandwich. She squealed
just before the ladybug became his lunch. It’s not yet, but will be a story
What do you find most
challenging in being a writer?
The necessary needed alone time to actually do the writing.
Currently I am my own marketing department, so time must be allotted for this
daily. Also I’m a People Person. I
love being with people and talking to them and miss that. Something I’ve
started doing in the last several months is scheduling Interactive Story-times
with props at pre-schools and libraries, which gives me my people time.
That was a problem
for me when I started writing, too. As you know, I’m also a people person. I
almost drove James crazy talking so much when he got home from work. I missed
adult conversation. He used to be rather quiet. Now he likes to talk, too. What
makes you smile?
I smile when I sing worship music. I smile when I see
children and especially when they laugh. I smile when I think of my family and
all that God has blessed me with.
What’s your favorite
I really love Buttermilk Pie. Someone gave me one as a gift
a few years ago and I smiled and said, “Thank you,” thinking the whole time … this
is gross. Of course I had to at least try it and give a response. I’ve loved it
ever since and make it often with homemade pie crust.
Wow! I never learned
to make a good pie crust, so I just buy a quality frozen one. I don’t buy the
ones with lard in them. And my mother-in-law introduced me to Buttermilk Pie,
and I love it. What would you like to tell us about the featured book?
Penguin in the Pantry finds young Denny just trying to go to
the kitchen pantry and get his morning cereal. This becomes a challenge for him
because each time he opens the pantry door he is met by a new animal, that only
he can see. Surprisingly enough, all of the animals start with the letter P.
This provides a teaching opportunity for parents. In the end….Wait! I can’t
tell you that. You’ll have to read the book. :)
Thank you, Jamie, for
sharing this book with us. It’s a wonderful gift for children and grandchildren.
Teachers in preschools and libraries should have it, too.
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