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.
Today I discovered two kinds of people who go to high school: those who wear new clothes to show off on the first day, and those who wear their oldest clothes to show they think school is unimportant.
I don't ever go on the Internet. I don't even know how it works.
We didn't have television in those days, and many people didn't even have radios. My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening.
I think the best teachers had a real interest in the subject they were teaching and a love for children.
If she can't spell, why is she a librarian? Librarians should know how to spell.
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.
I just wrote about childhood as I had known it.
Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.
I had a very wise mother. She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.
I enjoy writing for third and fourth graders most of all.
I read my books aloud before they were published.
Didn't the people who made those license plates care about little girls named Ramona?
People are usually surprised to hear this, but I don't really read children's books.
I am not a pest," Ramona Quimby told her big sister Beezus.
In my grammar school years back in the 1920s I used my ten-cents-a-week allowance for Saturday matinees of Douglas Fairbanks movies. All that swashbuckling and leaping about in the midst of the sails of ships!
My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening. She read mainly travel books.
I don't think children's inner feelings have changed. They still want a mother and father in the very same house; they want places to play.
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.
I was an only child; I didn't have a sister, or sisters.
I wanted to be a ballerina. I changed my mind.
I was a very observant child. The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.
I have lovely memories of Los Angeles in the 1930s. I came down to live with my mother's cousin and they invited me to come and go to junior college for a year.
He was dressed as if everything he wore had come from different stores or from a rummage sale, except that the crease in his trousers was sharp and his shoes were shined.
I had a bad time in school in the first grade. Because I had been a rather lonely child on a farm, but I was free and wild and to be shut up in a classroom - there were 40 children on those days in the classroom, and it was quite a shock.
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