Edy Graziani, teacher-librarian, author & broadcaster.
What was the first book you ever read all by yourself?
Hmm...you're making me go waayyy back! Lol. I'm going to have to go with two because frankly, they both stick out in my mind equally. The first books I remember reading are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf. They are old, but they are timeless and their messages are just as important as they were when published decades ago.
Have you ever stolen a book? Why/when/where?
Tell us a favorite opening line from any children’s book.
“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
Betcha everyone knows which book this is from.
Choose three adjectives to describe yourself.
Dreamer. Optimist. Impulsive.
What was your first book-related job?
My first book related job was and still is what I do now...I'm a teacher/librarian. It's the best job in the world. I'm surrounded by loving works of literature that I get to share with kids every day.
Where would you most like to go to research your next book?
I'm working on a novella that's based on mystical, magical Stonehenge in Britain. I've been there and I felt a definite energy. I'd love to go back.
What do you look for first when promoting a new book?
When I choose either YA, MG or picture books to feature on my Book Chat segments, I ask myself these questions: Is it accessible? Is it inclusive? Is it well-written? Is it relevant? Is it engaging?
What questions do you ask a student to get a sense of which books to recommend?
I usually ask what they are interested in, for example, gaming, art, science, anime. I also ask if they are willing to step out of their usual genre and try something new. Finally, I ask if they could write a book what would it be about. I usually get a pretty good sense of what to recommend after this conversation.