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“Lights Out!” (Karen Collum)

Karen Collum is visiting today, to tell us about the books she read after ‘lights out’ when she was growing up! Her picture book, Samuel’s Kisses, will be out in December 2010 (New Frontier Publishing).

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Karen Collum

When I was a kid, I had the perfect bed for reading in late into the night. Made by my dad, it had a bedhead that was a bookshelf for all of my favourite books and included my very own light. There was no need to sneak a torch under the covers or climb out of bed into the cold to switch on the light. I just had to reach up and CLICK! I could read to my little heart’s content. And read I did … until Mum or Dad came in for the fourteenth time and insisted it really was time to get some sleep. (To this day I can’t ever fall asleep reading a book, which means I have way too many late nights … )

I read everything I could get my hands on as a child, but I remember being about 7 years old and developing a fascination with dolphins. I still have two of the books I read and re-read and re-read some more from that time: Nine True Dolphin Stories by Margaret Davidson and Fast-talking Dolphin by Carson Davidson. I also remember reading The Famous Five and The Secret Seven series and I loved the Mrs Piggle Wiggle books too.

Reading was a huge part of my childhood and was something that provided me with hours and hours of pleasure and entertainment. While we didn’t have a lot of money to buy books, I borrowed as many books as I could carry from the library. When I lost myself in a book as a little girl, I could be anyone, go anywhere and do anything.  As an adult I still feel the same way. And I still read way into the night, long after I should’ve gone to sleep …

© 2010 Karen Collum

Visit Karen Collum’s website to find out more about her and her books.

"Undercover readers logo"Alphabet Soup magazine is celebrating the launch of Undercover Readers (our new reviewers club for kids)!  If you’d like to join the Undercover Readers Club, you’ll find an information pack you can download from the Alphabet Soup website. As part of the celebrations, we have a different children’s author or illustrator visiting Soup Blog each day until 29 June 2010 to talk about what they used to read after ‘lights out’ when they were growing up.


This post was added by Rebecca Newman. Rebecca is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. For more about Rebecca visit: