I hope children will be happy with the books I've written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.
If you don't see the book you want on the shelves, write it.
Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.
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.
Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.
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.
I didn't start out writing to give children hope, but I'm glad some of them found it.
Nothing in the whole world felt as good as being able to make something from a sudden idea.
As a child, I disliked books in which children learned to be 'better' children.
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.
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.
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.
The key to writing successful YA is to keep the adults out of the story as much as possible.
Problem solving, and I don't mean algebra, seems to be my life's work. Maybe it's everyone's life's work.
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.
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 grew up before there were strict leash laws.
I write in longhand on yellow legal pads.
I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.
Children want to do what grownups do.
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.
What interests me is what children go through while growing up.
She means well, but she always manages to do the wrong thing. She has a real talent for it.
Otis was inspired by a boy who sat across the aisle from me in sixth grade. He was a lively person. My best friend appears in assorted books in various disguises.
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