I hope children will be happy with the books I've written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.
My favorite books are a constantly changing list, but one favorite has remained constant: the dictionary. Is the word I want to use spelled practice or practise? The dictionary knows. The dictionary also slows down my writing because it is such interesting reading that I am distracted.
If you don't see the book you want on the shelves, write it.
Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.
Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.
One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading. I have been a reader ever since.
Nothing in the whole world felt as good as being able to make something from a sudden idea.
I didn't start out writing to give children hope, but I'm glad some of them found it.
She was not a slowpoke grownup. She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next.
As a child, I disliked books in which children learned to be 'better' children.
I don't necessarily start with the beginning of the book. I just start with the part of the story that's most vivid in my imagination and work forward and backward from there.
Neither the mouse nor the boy was the least bit surprised that each could understand the other. Two creatures who shared a love for motorcycles naturally spoke the same language.
If we finished our work, the teacher would say, 'Now don't read ahead.' But sometimes I hid the book I was reading behind my geography book and did read ahead. You can hide a lot behind a geography book.
When I was in the first grade I was afraid of the teacher and had a miserable time in the reading circle, a difficulty that was overcome by the loving patience of my second grade teacher. Even though I could read, I refused to do so.
The key to writing successful YA is to keep the adults out of the story as much as possible.
I grew up before there were strict leash laws.
In seventh grade...I found a place on the [library]shelf where my book would be if I ever wrote a book, which I doubted.
I had a very wise mother. She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.
If she can't spell, why is she a librarian? Librarians should know how to spell.
I think the best teachers had a real interest in the subject they were teaching and a love for children.
Don't stop now. Go ahead! Be readers all of your lives. And don't forget, librarians and teachers can help you find the right books to read.
Problem solving, and I don't mean algebra, seems to be my life's work. Maybe it's everyone's life's work.
People are usually surprised to hear this, but I don't really read children's books.
Didn't the people who made those license plates care about little girls named Ramona?
Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.
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