Hi! I am Sue Morris and I started Kid Lit Reviews when I realized how many reviews I was putting on other people’s websites. I wanted to own my own words. While I still post my reviews on those same websites, I now post the review here first. I began reviewing kid’s books when I began reading my required 100 books in each genre I considered writing. For me that is middle grade and picture books.
**If you have been around KLR you know I have been absent for a while . . . a long while. One surgery turned into five plus a couple of other incidents lengthened my “vacation.” I even considered quitting. Reviewing takes a lot of time and effort. Time I have; effort was lagging. But a few publishers ignored my request to not send books, which got me reading again. Once I began reading, the desire to return to the awesome kidlit community was overwhelming. So I am back. For as long as I can. I hope you will also return to KLR.
Who am I? Here are the basics.
- Associate degree from The University of Toledo, in juvenile criminology,
- Bachelors degree from Capital University, in social work,
- Graduate school at The Ohio State University, in social work,
- Study at The Institute of Children’s Literature, writing for children and teens.
I have worked with all sorts of kids. My first adult job was at Sunshine Children’s Home. This is a place for children stricken with mental retardation, some also with physical disabilities as well. I loved that job. I moved to Columbus to go to school. I worked at another institution for MRDD in Columbus, this time with children and young adults. I coached several teams for a neighborhood elementary school. Mostly girls volleyball and girls fast-pitch softball. For a while I took x-rays and photographs in a downtown studio.
My last volunteer job was with C.A.S.A. Court Appointed Special Advocates speak up for children in court. In cases involving the parents but affect the children, such as divorce, drug abuse, child neglect, abandonment, and abuse, and a myrid of other situations. This gives the child a voice in court and a chance to be heard and have their thoughts and opinions included when a final verdict is rendered.
Now I am retired due to illness and disabilities. The requirement to read for writing courses, beginning at ICL, awakened a love of reading that fell asleep after graduate school. I really enjoy middle grade and picture books. Board books are a different beast. You need to write one and two word sentences and have fantastic illustrative skills or know someone who does. I love board books, but could never write one.
The most important thing for you to know is why you can trust my reviews. The simple answer is that I try very hard to be honest and objective. I take this seriously, am in it for the long haul, and also write my own stories, though nothing as yet been published.
I have been writing since as long as I can remember. My first official book, titled Bunny Hill, I wrote at age eleven. But alas, Bunny Hill was never published, though it did receive an A from my middle grade English teacher. After leaving graduate school, and recovering from a perforated large colon, writing became a bigger part of my life. I have taken several online creative writing classes from the Open University, M.I.T., Stanford University, and The Institute of Children’s Literature. I specifically take courses on writing for children.
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