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My Writing and Reading Life: Julie Sternberg

The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 25, 2013

Julie Sternberg Photo credit: Meredith Zinner

Julie Sternberg
Photo credit: Meredith Zinner

Julie Sternberg received her MFA in writing for children from the New School. She is the author of Like Pickle Juice on a Cookiea Junior Library Guild Selection, an ABC New Voices Project Selection, and one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. She lives in Brooklyn. For more information, visit her website: www.juliesternberg.com.

BUG_JUICE_CVR (2)Latest published book …

LIKE BUG JUICE ON A BURGER

You wrote it because …

LIKE BUG JUICE ON A BURGER is the sequel to LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE.  In PICKLE JUICE, the main character, Eleanor, has a tough time after her beloved babysitter moves away.  I wanted to write about how it would feel for Eleanor to move away this time, at least temporarily, from people she loves.  So, in BUG JUICE, Eleanor goes to sleepaway camp for the first time.  She does not have an easy time.

Favorite place to write …

Sitting at my dining room table, looking out at trees growing in Brooklyn.

Necessary writing/creativity tool …

Great books written by others

Favorite bookshop …

I have several:  BookCourt in Brooklyn; the Corner Bookstore in Manhattan; and the Bookloft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Currently reading …

I just finished THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, by Helene Wecker.  I didn’t want to turn the last page—I loved being in that world.

All-time favorite children’s book you didn’t write …

This question is too hard!  There are too many!  Here’s one I was just recalling with great fondness:  A MONSTER CALLS, by Patrick Ness.

An author you idol …

Again, too hard!  I certainly idolize Willa Cather.  I’ll stick with her for now.

Favorite illustrator …  

Are you trying to kill me?  Choosing is so painful!  Fred Marcellino is certainly a favorite, as are Jules Feiffer and Sophie Blackall.

A literary character to vacation with …  

Since I now have Willa Cather on my mind, I’ll go with Thea Kronborg from Cather’s THE SONG OF THE LARK.  Thea leaves a small town and, by virtue of both natural talent and fierce determination, becomes an opera star in New York.  I’ve already read her story many times and might well read it many more.  How fabulous it would be to discuss it with her!  And hear her sing.  (She might not sing on vacation, though.  She’s protective of her voice, and stubborn.)

More Julie Sternberg …

www.juliesternberg.com

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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