Words to Live By features exclusive interviews with authors, artists, and community members.
December 2, 2021
Caitlyn Bergmann is the Book Bank Manager at Book Harvest and a newly published children’s book author! She is on the Board of Directors at Crayons2Calculators and loves to explore local eateries and curl up with a good book. Her new book, The Girls Who Dreamed, is a “children’s book designed with thoughtful intentionality to empower any young girl to chase her dreams, no matter how big they may seem.”
Is there a book or genre that stands out in your memory from your youth?
I am the oldest of five, so I have many memories of sharing books and stories with my family. I have a very distinct memory of one of my siblings, Nykohl, reading The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss to our younger sibling, Sydney, who was just a baby at the time. This is the first time I ever thought about reading as more of an interactive and shared experience rather than an individual act. This is a ‘book moment’ that has really stuck with me!
What kind of reader were you as a child?
A curious one! I needed to try reading a little bit of everything to figure out what I really liked.
What kind of books are on your bookshelf?
My home is filled with books of all kinds, many of which I stumbled upon at the Book Harvest office! I have lots of memoirs, which are my favorite, lots of fiction and poetry, and lots of picture books that I gather and then gift to the kids in my life. My partner is a historian, so any free space on our bookshelves is filled with her books!
What is your favorite place to read?
When I lived in Charlotte, I loved going to the overlook at the airport to watch the planes take off. In between flights coming and going, I would settle into the book I was reading at the time. It was a space for me to get away without really going anywhere.
If you could have dinner with three authors from any period in time, who would you pick?
I think I have to go with my current favorite children’s book authors/illustrators. Jacqueline Woodson, Christian Robinson, and Oliver Jeffers.
Thank you to Caitlyn for taking the time to thoughtfully answer our questions! You can read more about her book here.