Sparking the Interest of Young Readers
The name for the series was a topic of great debate. “Sparks” felt like the right choice because the books are meant to ignite a love of reading and light the way for early-fiction readers. Because each book at Candlewick is published individually––even if it’s part of a series––it made sense for “Candlewick” to be a part of the series name. The authors, illustrators and characters of our Sparks titles vary, so Candlewick is the common element that ties all the books together.
● What was your favorite book as a child, and why did it make such an impression on you?
Lotz: The book from my childhood that’s most on my mind at the moment is “The High King” by Lloyd Alexander [who passed away in May]. It was the powerful young heroines and slightly bumbling young heroes as well as the moral, but extremely magical world of Lloyd’s writing that made me want to be involved in the children’s field in the first place, and I was extremely privileged to have known and worked with him earlier in my career. As a person, he was a sparkling, witty, elfin friend. We all miss him very much. BB