Interview with Gloria Houston: Grieving, Life and Children’s Books

Monday, September 15, 2008.

Gloria HoustonWe’ve often suggested on Just One More Book!! that children’s books are an important way to introduce children to complex topics. Death and the celebration of life is one such topic and we’ve reviewed books such as My Great-Aunt Arizona and Gleam and Glow as great books to help children understand the cycle of life.

While she may be best known for her work in promoting writing as a literacy tool, Gloria Houston has used children’s books as part of her work with grieving children.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author and educator Gloria Houston about the value of children’s book in helping children understand death and the cycle of life.

Other books mentioned:

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Mark’s Uncle, Earl Blevis, who passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2008.


Comment by Gloria Houston

January 29, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

I just listened to our interview. Thanks for allowing me to do this with you. I enjoyed hearing it and realizing that we covered some important issues in it.

I’m going to send the web address to my grand-daughters mentioned in the interview. They will love it!

I’m so sorry that your uncle died.

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile will be out from HarperCollins this fall. It is a companion book to . . . .Arizona–less the cycle of life but the influence of a wonderful librarian on several small communities in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Dedicated to all librarians.

Thanks. gh

Comment by Dorothy Cafferty

January 30, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

It was a delight to hear your interview of Author Gloria Houston. I have heard her speak, I have seen how she relates to children inspiring them to live their dreams. She has a unique talent to relate to children in grief. I have used her books as Christmas gifts to children and also our friends who teach the younger children. To the interviewer, your Uncle, Earl Blevis, in dedication to his memory, he must have been very special to you. He is now in my memory.

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