“A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.”
This is the inspiration behind the next in my series of Passion Projects.
Sarah Corcoran has been a book lover all her life. She’s the brains behind the website database ‘Children’s Book Sequels’.
My favourite quote from her response to the interview is one I can definitely relate to,
“I still love reading and being given books to read is wonderful.”
Let’s meet Sarah…
A Passion Project Interview with Sarah Corcoran from Children’s Book Sequels
Why did you decide to do what you’re doing? Tell your ‘Origin Story’
I worked in public libraries for many years including children’s libraries. The catalogue didn’t give the order of children’s series, e.g. Harry Potter, so you didn’t know which order to read the books. The library association used to print a hard copy but the last time this was done was 1992 and it went out of date almost immediately after going to print. I realised that this information needed to be online and the Children’s Book Sequels website went live in 2006. It is now used all over the world in public and school libraries. I have a blog connected to the website and I do book reviews for publishers who are kind enough to send me review copies.
What would you do with your time if you didn’t have to work?
I had to give up working in libraries in 2015 due to health reasons, but I love doing the website and networking with children’s authors and fans of children’s literature. I still love reading and being given books to read is wonderful.
What really makes you smile from the inside out?
A really good book and seeing a child sat in a corner totally absorbed in the book that they’re reading.
What is your proudest achievement?
Now got over 100 followers on Twitter and discovering the new schools and libraries that have found and are using my website.
Where do you want to be in 5 years’ time?
Still doing the website, but hopefully, it will be making more money than it does now.
Who do you serve? Be specific, think of everyone you impact (not just customers)
Public and school Librarians, bookshop owners, children, parents.
How do you want the world to see your business?
As a valuable resource that will make their lives easier.
What one thing would you do to change the world?
That every child could read before year 4
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Be more confident.
And finally, is there one thing you wish someone had told you before you went into business?
It takes longer than you think.
To connect with Sarah and learn more about Childrens’ Book Sequels, the website is: ChildrensBookSequels.co.uk
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