Bees Knees Books
Inspired by the joy of reading and sharing children's books, Nancy Arruda started Bees Knees Books in 2007 with her sister, Kim Baise, to encourage and support new and aspiring children's book authors and illustrators. Their debut title, Maybelle, Bunny of the North by Keith Patterson is due out Fall 2008 and will be available for purchase at their website, Bees Knees Books as well as select independent bookstores.
Nancy has degrees in Art History and Elementary Education, which she discovered is a great combination for developing and publishing picture books! She is also a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association. For recommendations on some fantastic read-alouds and delicious picture books for young children, visit their blog, Bees Knees Reads.
1. What is your top tip for balancing it all?
I have at least three jobs when I think of it, full-time mom/ teacher, small business owner, so I have to find balance in the mix. Developmentally my girls are learning and moving fast and I have to re-define balance every month to keep up with their ever changing needs! Acoustic music, blogging about children's books with my sister, and good coffee keep my feet on the ground.
2. How has being a mother impacted your success?
Wow! Being a mother spun me around twice. I really had to get clear about what I wanted. Publishing picture books was the obvious answer when I saw what could be shared. Literacy and artistic expression are very important to me and I wanted to follow through with a business that supported those fundamentals. I hope my children will see a working mother who loves what she does so they will seek out their dreams too.
3. What is your best mommy moment?
My husband was working in Portland and while he was in meetings I took our 2 and 4 year old girls out exploring in the double stroller. We had so much fun taking the subway, visiting the zoo and children's museum. We were all enjoying the spontaneity of the day and the best part was going back to the hotel to jump on the bed : ) I think my best mommy moments are those when I'm really in the moment with them.