Jun 26, 2008

So, have you ever heard of Carol Hurst?

by Stephanie Abney

I’d like to share a ‘gold mine’ with you… a wealth of information. If you have kids, or grandkids, or love kids (whether or not they’re yours) or if you love books, then you definitely need to know about Carol Otis Hurst. And if you happen to love kids’ books then it is imperative you know about Carol.

If you fancy yourself a children’s author, this is the place to read a ton of reviews on children’s books, find activities, questions and answers, etc. All these resources can only add to your knowledge as a children’s author and only prove helpful to your writing and as you create activities for your own family.

Carol’s Kid Lit website is one of the greatest treasures on the Internet. As a teacher, it is one of my favorite sites but it is also invaluable for parents and grandparents ~ including activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and so much more. You can get great Family Home Evening ideas there or summer activities for your kids.

It would be interesting to take a poll of the ANWA members and see how many are teachers. As we sat in my family room this month for our Salt River Scribes chapter meeting, I couldn’t help but notice that five out of the eight sisters there are teachers. Many writers started out as teachers. Carol Hurst was a teacher. Sadly, she passed away last year but her daughters plan to keep her site up and running.

Here’s what one of my favorite middle grade authors had to say about Carol:

"I can't think of anyone who knows more about children's books than Carol Otis Hurst. Not only what they're about, and who wrote them (and when), and whether they're any good - or not so good - or downright awful; but also how to make use of them. Carol can tell you which book to place in the not-very-receptive hands of a scowling, reluctant reader: just the right book, the one that will make him grin, make him read, make his life change. Or the reassuring book for the needy, troubled child: Carol knows that title, too, and how to offer it with a gentle touch.If I were a teacher, I would think of Carol Otis Hurst as one of my most important resources. If I were a child, I would simply think of her as my most trusted friend." ~ Lois Lowry

Go to the site and click on the “Expanded Table of Contents” or “Subjects” and you will be amazed. Like so many wonderful resources around us, if we don’t find it ourselves or have someone share it with us, we remain in the dark ~ kind of like sharing the gospel, isn’t it?

So… enjoy: http://www.carolhurst.com/index.html

Stephanie Abney


  1. What a great resource! I had a class at BYU called Children's Literature. The teacher was a librarian that seemed to know all there was to know about children's books too. I'm really excited to try out this website to get some great recommendations for books and activites for my family! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is a great site. I am not a teacher, but I have a friend who home schools, so I think I'll send this link along to her.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Thanks for the info. I'm going to share this site with my son and daughter-in-law for my granddaughters.

  4. great info Stephanie! Thank you. our oldest daughter homeschools and her hubby teachs school. I will be sure to show this to them!


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