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Taos, New Mexico

As part of its Big Read celebration of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, the Society of the Muse of the Southwest hosted a public conversation with painter and book illustrator Amy Cordova, who has worked with Anaya on a number of books for children.  Below Amy discusses how family stories sparked her love of reading and an early wish to be an illustrator. (Photo by Summer Wood)

I grew up in a family of natural born storytellers. I spent many happy hours in the company of my grandmother and her sisters, listening to fascinating tales of the ?old? days. I adored being read to, and memorized countless poems and songs.

Through them, my love for books was born and I quickly became a voracious reader. I can still recall some of my childhood favorites: Ferdinand the Bull, Little Women, and The Little Lame Prince. At about the age of nine, I told my mother that I was going to make children?s books when I grew up! I totally forgot this memory until about a year ago when, waking from a dream, I heard my voice telling my mother those intentions! Then, I remembered my very first attempt at writing and illustrating. My story was in the Ugly Duckling vein, but the central character was a caterpillar!

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