The Blogger’s Road to LBSCI 790


Nikki McClure’s paper-cut illustration: “Befriend” (June 2014). Retrieved from [and for sale at] the website of the Buyolympia Corporation at


How did Quinn (me), the blogger who publishes QUINNLOOK, come to take a class in comics and libraries?  (The following is my personal introduction to my classmates in LBSCI 790.)

Three avenues by which I arrived at this exploration can be found in the words of Mem Fox (a literacy scholar and author of books for children and adults):

A child’s question to Mem Fox: “Where do your ideas come from?”

Mem Fox’s answer: “Real life; books; and feelings of the deepest kind.”

(Fox, n.d.)

Quinn’s REAL LIFE:

  • Undergraduate studies in Human Development, focusing on Childhood and Literacy
  • Librarian trainee in Children’s and Teen Services at a suburban public library
  • MLS degree anticipated Spring 2016
  • Child of the revolutionary ’60s
  • Life partner is a rock-and-roll roadie, theatre professional, and university staff specialist
  • Parent of two adult children, both musicians

Quinn’s ‘BOOKS‘:

  • Personal collection of over 500 picture books
  • Recent research project: Consideration of Wordless Picture Books for Young Children in Grief (Spring 2015)
  • Today’s favorite novel: Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider (Ihimaera, 1987; first US edition 2003)
  • Today’s favorite picture book: Pete Seeger’s Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story (Seeger, 1986)
  • Today’s favorite illustrator: Nikki McClure (see above)


  • The unlimited power of story
  • Literacy support for youth in poverty
  • Grief experiences
  • Music listening and performance from every genre/style known on Earth
  • Poetry lover and writer



Fox, M. (n.d.). Questions answered.  Retrieved on February 6, 2016 from Mem Fox: Writing, Teaching, Learning, Loving, Living at

Ihimaera, W. (1987; first US edition 2003). The whale rider. Orlando, FL: Harcourt.

Seeger, P. (1986). Abiyoyo: Based on a South African lullaby and folk story. New York, NY: Macmillan.



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