Hi, I’m Linda Gondosch and I am a former teacher and the author of several fiction and nonfiction children’s books.
I’ve taught in classrooms filled with playful 3-year-olds all the way up to serious college students and just about everything in between. That’s because I spent a lot of years substitute teaching in Kenton County, Kentucky, and teaching at Northern Kentucky University. Let me tell you, substitute teaching is a great place to get ideas for children’s books!
I also got ideas watching my children as they grew up in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. And, of course, I remember my own childhood in Cleveland, Ohio, like it was yesterday.
I loved my years in Cleveland. At Rhodes High School I had a history teacher who was so enthusiastic about history. His love of American history rubbed off on me and has stayed with me to this day. (Thank you, teachers. You will never know how many lives you touch.)
I attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and earned a Master of Education degree from Northern Kentucky University.
After years of teaching and writing fiction, I turned my attention to nonfiction. It was a new challenge — completely different from writing fiction. Book geek that I am, I love all the research that goes into writing nonfiction. I learn a lot about so many interesting things.
That’s really why I’m writing this blog — to share the amazing stories I’ve discovered within the pages of children’s nonfiction. Of course, I’ll also share stories that I uncovered while researching my own books about the Boston Tea Party, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and Saint Junípero Serra, the founder of the California missions.
BTW, one of my books, Who Needs a Bratty Brother?, won the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, a Children’s Choice. Another book, #How Did Tea and Taxes Spark a Revolution? And Other Questions about the Boston Tea Party, was named a 2011 Honor Book by The Society of School Librarians International.
What children’s nonfiction or historical fiction book have you especially enjoyed? I’d like to hear from you.