The Six-Year-Old discovers Jane Austen

Mommyo, browsing around the Internet in pursuit of a suitable distraction from NaNoWriMo: “Did you know that Jane Austen has a plaque at Westminster Abbey in the Poet’s Corner next to Shakespeare?”

The Six-Year-Old, astounded: “Shakespeare? She’s as great as Shakespeare?”

Jane Austen Society, I proudly present to you your newest member.

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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2 Responses to The Six-Year-Old discovers Jane Austen

  1. Sarah Emsley says:

    Awesome! JASNA will be glad to have her. Welcome, Six-Year-Old! Have you read The Beautifull Cassandra, by Jane Austen and illustrated by Juliet McMaster? It’s very cute, and also hilarious. I made a list of Jane Austen books for kids a couple of weeks ago: Run mad as often as you chuse, Six-Year-Old, but do not faint!


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