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Rochelle Robinson grew up in the Pacific Northwest immersed in the performance, musical, and fine arts, as well as athletics – from skiing in the water to skiing in the sleet and snow, to cycling around the velodrome. While studying fine art and the musical genre of jazz at the University of Washington she put both her passion for and experience in the arts into helping to create the Washington State Academic Achievement Standards for the Arts by serving on both the Arts and Standards Revision committees. She later completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at The University of Puget Sound and Master of Arts in Liberal Arts at St. John's College Graduate Institute. As an aspiring artist, as well as an educator, she is still intrigued by the creative process and what ensues as a result. Currently, she is developing a poetry blog called A Writer's Space and has co-written both a children's picture book and pilot for a children's TV show. Rochelle also works as an elementary school librarian and advanced reading teacher for a small private school in the valley. She is in the midst of developing a new business named Watercolor Weddings by Rochelle and is developing a series of paintings and conceptual artworks, the first of which is currently on display at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. She hopes to inspire Miss A readers to explore, experience and get involved, as she sets out to bring a touch of the literary, fine and performing arts that are happening here in Los Angeles to our readers.

Join NPR’s Backseat Book Club

NPR’s newly launched book club for kids (ages 9-14) is called Back-Seat Book Club!  Featured on All Things Considered with Michele Norris, this book club was designed for the kids who listen to NPR from behind the front seats of their family’s car and at their kitchen table.

Michele Norris (Photo Credit: NPR)

Each month a new children’s book will be featured. Kids are encouraged to join by reading the books and joining in on the conversation by posting their questions and thoughts about the books on NPR’s website or sending them by email to backseatbookclub@npr.org.  At the end of each month an interview is conducted on the air with the author on NPR, which even includes questions from kids across the country!  Perhaps it might be your questions that will be answered!

The featured book for the month of November was…

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The Phantom Toolbooth by Norton Lester, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite books!  It’s about a young boy who is bored, bored, bored.  But, after he notices the gift of a “phantom tollbooth” in the corner of his messy room, he jumps on board, begins to wonder and engages his brain and heart on a journey through a myriad of different places, while meeting a collection of interesting characters who have a lot of interesting things to say.  It’s whimsical and philosophical at the same time.  And, the play on language will send your mind into quite a spin!

The featured book for the month of December is…


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Breadcrumbs, a “modern day fairy tale by Anne Ursu, is a fantasy book about friendship, magic, perseverance and survival. Snuggle up with warm blanket and some hot cocoa to enjoy this wintery book during the holidays.


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