Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

One of our family's favorite authors is Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. She primarily writes for young adults. She has written over 150 books, including many classic series such as Shiloh, The Cat Pack, The Boys Versus the Girls, The Besseldorf Hotel, and more. Ben and I have read over 20 of her books together and sharing the Shiloh and Cat Pack books in particular will always be some of my favorite times with him.

If you have children between 7-10, find the letter N in the juvenile fiction area of your library and you'll come home with a bag full of humor, warmth, and timeless lessons.

When Ben was younger, he and I wrote a letter to Mrs. Naylor, including some drawings he had done of Marco and Polo, the feline stars of the Cat Pack books. Less than a month later we received a handwritten note that was incredibly sweet and thoughtful. She even mentioned that the pictures were hanging on her wall. If we weren't smitten before, we were then!

Another interesting fact is that Mrs. Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, where both of my parents spent parts of their childhood and later went to college. I, too, attended Anderson University during my freshman year. She returned to speak at the school a couple of years ago, which I was sad to miss.

A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that Mrs. Naylor has an author's blog on Amazon. She's posting quite regularly and I absolutely love to read her thoughts. There is something so peaceful in her reflections, whether about growing up, her inspiration for writing, or just today, the importance of porches. I'm so glad she's decided to share her thoughts in this new way.

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