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.
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.
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.
As a child, I disliked books in which children learned to be 'better' children.
I had a very wise mother. She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.
With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down. I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.
My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening. She read mainly travel books.
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 feel sometimes that in children's books there are more and more grim problems, but I don't know that I want to burden third- and fourth-graders with them.
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 read my books aloud before they were published.
People are usually surprised to hear this, but I don't really read children's books.
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.
I was a very observant child. The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.
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.
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.
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