The Children’s Book Worm! Interview: Mandi Pimental!

Hello fans! Since I am currently recovering from surgery and restricted from being up and about in my kitchen, I’m debuting a special book related treat for you: interviews with guest bloggers who, like me, have a passion for the written world of Children’s Literature! You all may know that after 17 years as a children’s lit specialist, children’s literature has been and still is a very important part of my life. And because I believe in the timeless magic with the written word, I am always beyond thrilled to make friends with other adults who also feed into this particular passion. So with no further adui, I am honored to introduce you to my first Book Worm Interview with the lovely Mandi Pimental! Enjoy!


What is your favorite thing about browsing through a bookstore? What is your favorite current bookstore?

Can I say everything? [laughs] I can spend hours in a bookstore – I’m so in love with the written word and traditional print. My favorite bookstore is Barnes and Noble. I love the vibe there.

 Do you have a particular book from your childhood that has taught you something important as an adult?

I’ve always had a voracious appetite for learning. My top picks would my children’s Bible, my elementary encyclopedia set and I loved childhood fairytale stories – so Cinderella.

Are there any favorite childhood books, within a series or as a stand alone, that you continue to re-read as an adult?

There is a teen/young adult series titled Secrets of my Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita that I still read because it reminds me of my life in Hollywood. I also love Little Golden Books and have started collecting them for our future littles.

Do you read any new children’s literature, for yourself, now as an adult? If so, what are some of your current favorites?

I am actually working on a children’s book project, so I have done some reading for research. But my favorites to still read with my nieces and nephews are classics like Goodnight, Moon, Ramona, Judy Blume and The Bernstein Bears.

If you have children or are wanting to have children, which books from your own childhood would you collect for your child’s 1st library?

One of my best friends just brought me over a box for our future littles, as we are trying to start a family, and there are so many classics in there that I spent almost two hours pouring over them. The titles that I mentioned above of course, as well as educational titles on colors, numbers and shapes, classic Winnie The Pooh and Harold and the Purple Crayon!

If you were ever able to write and publish your own children’s book, what would your book be about? Is there a particular message that you would hope to convey within it?

I have one that’s been in the works for a while, I am a professional journalist, so it’s on the back burner while I work on other projects – but it’s a Christian children’s book about how they can apply obedience and helpfulness into their own lives, even though they are little.

Three Cheers for our 1st Children’s Book Worm, Mandi! I adore how she has stuck to so many of the classics! And I love how she mentioned that her elementary Encyclopedia from childhood has had so much meaning to her as an adult! I can only just imagine how well loved that childhood Encyclopedia is.

Intrigued? Who else is clamoring to know more about Mandi’s writing her own Christian Children’s Book? I am!

Catch up with all of Mandi’s many blogging adventures (& prepare to be WOW’d by a plethora of gorgeous photos) at her lifestyle blog Nosh & Nurture!

Thank you for the lovely interview, Mandi!



  1. What an interesting interview! This series is going to be so fun reading how everyone has come to love the written word. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Interesting and informative interview.

  3. tinsel12 says:

    Nice interview! I love hearing and reading about children’s literature.

  4. An honor to be a part of it! Looking forward to others in the series!

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