Introducing...Professor YaYa, the Anti-Critic!
First things first...let me explain the name. When I was in grad school at VCFA earning my MFA in writing for children & young adults, my very first ever grandchild made her very grand entrance into the world, making me her YaYa.
Then, a year later, Layla wiggled into my heart.
And pretty soon my lap will be overflowing when Madeline shows up for stories & hugs!
So, yeah, I've DEFINITELY gone YaYa!
And then, soon after I received my two degrees...
...I landed a job teaching writing at Stevenson University. The first day I walked into class and introduced myself was the first time anyone ever called me "professor" anything! I literally got chills. It's only a part-time gig because I need creative time and energy to write, but it is the first time I had a legit job with my legit degrees!
So, now I've completely morphed into Professor YaYa.
But why "the Anti-Critic"?
I LOVE to collect, read, talk about, & give away picture books. I truly believe all stories are important and have their very own audience, and I see something wonderful in every single one. I discover all the silver linings and hidden gems, the rainbows and miracles, the sunshine in the shadows. I mean, "no one likes a critic," right? So, rather than talk about the books that don’t resonate with me, I will champion the stories that knock my socks off!
Here are a few that do:
This is all to say that Professor YaYa, the Anti-Critic is ready to blog about wonderful & inspiring books as they're launched into the atmosphere. Every now and then, I'll share a classic or a middle grade novel or even a graphic novel. AND, dun dun da dun...
there will be give-aways!
If you love littles or teach littles or just want to bless littles, I'll have some picture books for you! So, stay tuned!