What I Read When I Was Young: Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams was born and raised in BC and now lives in Swift Current with her wee family. She loves to create; writing, painting, knitting, sewing, crochet, scrapbooking, pottery, stained glass… you name it and she has something in her house that she made herself, even if it didn’t turn out very good. An advocate for mental health awareness, her first book, Mama’s Cloud was named one of the best indie books of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews. Her favorite quote is “in a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

What was your favourite picture book? What was special about it?

Hucklebones (by Mickey Klar Marks and illustrated by Irma Wilde). It’s a sweet story about a horse who is invited to a dance but doesn’t know the steps and has trouble learning. The illustrations are gorgeous and I just loved it.

What was the first chapter book you read? 

Probably Different Dragons by Jean Little.

What was your favourite chapter book? What was special about it?  

The Sky Is Falling by Kit Pearson.

 I loved the time period and it hooked me on historical fiction. 

Did you ever reread your favourite chapter book once you became an adult? Did it stand the test of time?

Absolutely! And definitely. They are still magical. 

Did you read comic books? Which was your favourite?

Not many. I did like Catwoman though. She was so strong and independent. I think I also liked the blurred line between good and bad. 

Did you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

I’ve always preferred fiction.

Did you like series? Which ones?

I was a big fan of the Babysitters Club.

Did you have a local library? What do you remember about it? 

I remember going to the library in the summer every day after swimming lessons. The low shelves for kids books, the cushions and little tables and the smell of well loved books are stuck in my memory.

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