I’m Kristen den Hartog, the author of four novels, Water Wings, The Perpetual Ending, Origin of Haloes, and And Me Among Them, published in the U.S. as The Girl Giant. My first non-fiction book, The Occupied Garden: A Family Memoir of War-torn Holland, was written with my sister, Tracy Kasaboski, and explores the life of our father’s family during the Second World War. I live in Toronto with my husband, visual artist Jeff Winch, and our daughter. I’m currently at work on another collaboration with my sister, this time about our mother’s family in Edwardian London’s poorest neighbourhoods. Details about me and my books can be found here.
Though I write for adults, children are often my main characters, and I am intrigued by the child’s perspective. Because I have a young daughter, I am always reading (and rereading) children’s literature, and am fascinated by both the stories and their authors. This blog has begun serving as a kind of documentation of our journey through the world of kids’ books (see Blog of Green Gables? for more). I welcome suggestions of great books to delve into, and would love to hear your thoughts on exceptional children’s literature.
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