Book Blogger Appreciation Week is a week-long event that celebrates the work and contributions of book bloggers. There’s a new blog topic each day, and I plan to actively participate. I’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming next week.
Tuesday’s Topic: Post the interview you did with your BBAW Interview Partner.
My partner for this year’s BBAW Interview Swap was Donna who has a couple of blogs – Holocaust Resources and LibrarysCat Book List: Reading in 9 Lives. My partner e-mail mentioned Holocaust Resources specifically, so that’s what I asked about.
Holocaust Resources is another new to me blog, but after perusing around the site and looking at all the resources Donna’s collected, I’m really impressed with everything she’s pulled together. The site offers age-specific books and recommendations on the Holocaust, and I think it’d be a great resource for anyone with kids or interested in the topic. I hope you’ll head over and take a look.
Here are the questions that Donna so graciously answered (with some of my comments in italics in the middle)!
1. Why did you start Holocaust Resources? What are your goals with the blog?
I have had a life-long interest in the Holocaust. I returned to school when I was 42 and completed a MA in History with a focus on the Holocaust. Next I attended school for a MLIS in Library Science. For one of my classes I had the opportunity to compile Holocaust resources for children. The seed was planted, but I had absolutely NO TIME!
Now that I have completed school, I work in a Curriculum Materials Library. So now I have the time and the resources, so I am slowly bringing together the many wonderful books on this topic. My goal is to provide parents and teachers with a usable list of grade specific Holocaust resources with a summary and links to lessons or materials which would logically be used with the resource. I hope that children will be exposed to these materials early and realized that it is our responsibility to remember what happened and do whatever is within our personal power to stop such things from happening again.
2. What is one of your most popular posts? Why do you think it’s popular?
I am not sure which post would be considered the most popular. For me, Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story, is one of my personal favorites. I like this book because it is a true story of how one person’s courage and caring made a huge difference to so many people. Also, it is a little known story of the Holocaust – you know, not a piece of history that many people know about.
I reviewed another book on this same topic called A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara, Hero of the Holocaust. The first book is for younger children while the second is for middle school children. I hope you and your readers will take a look at both reviews – the story is amazing.
I read both of these reviews and the books look awesome. And I love history books that tell a new story, especially on something like the Holocaust which I sometimes think I know enough about even though it’s clearly not true.
3. Outside of blogging, what are some of the things you do?
Well, I work full time in a library. I have four adult children and two grandsons. My husband and I have three Chihuahuas who are like our babies! I like to crochet, although I am awful at it. And living on the Gulf Coast, I love the beaches. I also love to cook.
I love almost all of those things! But I live in the Midwest, so there are not quite as many beautiful beaches.
4. If you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what five books would you want with you?
I would have to have:
- my favorite book – I Cannot Forgive by Rudolf Vrba (a Holocaust narrative)
- a book I have read a million times – Pride and Prejudice
- a book I long to read again – Little Women
- a bitter-sweet book – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
- a book about friendship – Astrid & Veronika
And may I please bring at least one more – something on Island Life perhaps!!
Ok, a sixth book is granted – make it a good one! I like the way she characterized the books, too.
5. If you had to describe your blog in five words, what five words would you use?
Holocaust Resources for Children: A Place Where Memories Grow
Thanks for reading my interview with Donna, you can head over to her blog to check out her interview with me (which I assure you is deeply fascinating 😉 )! Happy BBAW!