Today in the Reading Room, we’re talking with the lovely Barbara Ann Mojica, author of the award-winning, nonfiction Little Miss History series. The seven books in her series take young readers across the USA from the Sequoias to Mount Vernon. Even the savviest of young travelers and history buffs are sure to enjoy these books.
Q. Hi Barbara! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books.
A. Hi Everyone….happy to have the opportunity to chat with you today. My name is Barbara Ann Mojica. I am a retired educator and historian living in New York State. I hold Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in History with New York State teacher and administrative certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and School Supervision. Now retired after a long career, I am staying busy creating historical pieces for The Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages,” writing a family friendly book review blog, regularly contributing to the quest teaching website, and authoring the Little Miss HISTORY Travels to….nonfiction children’s book series. Using the whimsical Little Miss History character, I hope to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. My award winning picture book adventures encourage families to discover and experience these historical sites for themselves and to discuss the issues readers face now and in our future.
Today I would like to focus on the fourth book in the series, Little Miss HISTORY Travels to FORD’S THEATER, winner of a B.R.A.G. MEDALLION and 2015 Independent Author Network winner for outstanding children’s nonfiction book.
A single shot rings out; laughter turns to tears. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated, and history is changed forever. The theater is closed and later collapses. Is Ford’s Theater forever cursed or will it rise again to greater glory? Little Miss HISTORY pulls up her reins at its doors to visit a place that has witnessed the best and worst of times. Its walls have heard laughter and tears.
This nonfiction picture book is illustrated in somber tones that convey the mood of the tragic events that unfolded there. Little Miss HISTORY keeps spirits up by wearing a top hat like Lincoln and a Roman toga while acting in the theater, but she is well-aware that she is visiting a darker part of America’s history.
Learn why many believed the building was cursed. Gaze at the Derringer pistol that fired the fatal shot. Study the boot that John Wilkes Booth wore while injuring his leg during his attempt to escape. See the bed where President Lincoln died. Crane your neck up to stare at the Tower of Books written about Abraham Lincoln in the Center for Education and Leadership. Let Little Miss HISTORY be your guide to learning how Ford’s Theater has become a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln and to the resilience of a country made whole once more.
Q. Sounds terrific! Can you tell us something about your greatest success and your latest success?
A. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband, beautiful children and grandchildren. I think the greatest success of my career came when working with an autistic child, who possessed no language or social skills. After three years of work with a multidisciplinary special needs team, he spoke his first word. What a moment!
My latest success is the happiness I feel when children, teachers and adults are able to LEARN and ENJOY historical events by journeying with my Little Miss HISTORY character. Each of us possess the opportunity to make our own history.
Q. That’s really exciting. Thanks for sharing that. Can you tell us what your greatest challenge has been?
A. The greatest challenge that I face today is finding enough time to juggle all the tasks that I love, while finding a balance that works for me. Researching, writing, editing, reading, blogging, marketing, social media, visiting schools, book signings, and book festivals are all important activities for me. I endeavor to learn from and contribute to fellow authors, readers, family and friends.
Q. What are your plans for the future?
A. I will continue to add more adventures to the Little Miss HISTORY series. Recently I released a coloring book featuring exquisite coloring pages from previous books which are combined with insightful quotes from famous historical figures, and I do plan to continue that series as well. Several new manuscripts await final edits and illustrations. In her next adventure, my Little Miss HISTORY character will be journeying way back in time to La Brea Tar Pits.
Q. I’ve been to the La Brea Tar Pits. It’s such a neat place to visit, especially with kids. Can’t wait for that book too. Where can we learn more about you and your series?
A. If you are interested in more information about the Little Miss HISTORY series, want to schedule an appearance or just want to chat, here is where you may find us:
Author website http://www.littlemisshistory.com
Author blog http://bamauthor.wordpress.com
Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble Book Purchase Links
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Thanks for reading!