Janie McQueen is the author of three previous well-received self-help books, including The Magic Bookshelf: A Parents’ Guide to Showing Growing Minds the Path to the Best Children’s Literature (under the name Janie Jarvis), a strong international seller and library staple used in college elementary education classes; and Family Fusion: Bonding, Sharing and Learning in a Hostile World, which takes a broader view of activities that help meld families in today’s challenging environment. The Magic Bookshelf was featured as a series in The Los Angeles Times Book Review as part of the California children’s literacy initiative Reading by 9. She is the winner of a Writer’s Digest award for a first published book, and is considered an authority on juvenile literature.
Recently released in a 10th Anniversary edition, The New Magic Bookshelf: Finding Great Books Your Child Will Treasure Forever, was featured in the January 2013 Costco Connection, the chain warehouse club's monthly magazine. http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201301?pg=107#pg76
McQueen’s lifelong writing career includes prominent news beats at major metro newspapers including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Greenville (SC) News (the South Carolina newspaper of record), and a three-year stint as a media liaison and speechwriter for the government of Taiwan. A native of Beaufort, SC, McQueen has a B.A. in English literature. See Janie’s website and blog at www.janiemcqueen.com.