Today’s episode of Best of Both Worlds features an interview with Calee Lee, owner of Xist Publishing. Years ago, as a mom of two young kids, Calee was doing a bit of freelancing here and there when her daughter asked her to read her a story on her e-reader. The experience was unsatisfying; the formatting and art of children’s books for tablets left much to be desired. So Calee set about to change that. She started her publishing company right before the Kindle Fire launched, and rode that wave to bring many dozens of titles to market each year.
In this interview, she talks about her business, and how to raise readers. We also chat about our favorite and least favorite children’s books. Let’s just say that Sarah and I have some disagreements about the merits of Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.
And…there’s a little announcement in the intro to the episode about the Best of Both Worlds family! You can click over to my Instagram account (@lvanderkam) for more, and I’ll do a post with more details tomorrow!