I have been a reader forever. I started with picture book favorites like The Snowy Day and Clifford the Big Red Dog. I moved onto Nancy Drew and The Little House books. I loved Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. I followed the Yellow Brick Road through Oz, the whole series!
The best part about books – they took me to places I could never visit. They introduced me to people I could never meet. My favorite books were biographies, historical fiction, and fantasy.
I became a teacher because I wanted to help kids learn to read. I bought picture books from Judith Viorst and Jan Brett. I found chapter books like Horrible Harry, Magic Treehouse, and Magic School Bus. I had over 15 tubs of books when I retired.
I became a writer because a bat found me, and I thought it was a good story. I quickly discovered writing was harder than telling a story to my class. I took that first story to Highlights. My reader said it was good garbage, in a kinder way. Good gave me hope. There was something there, but garbage told me I had a lot of work ahead and a lot to learn.
So how did I get better? I read and read and read. Then I picked my top ten books and they became my teachers. I also took classes with “real” authors who showed me my mistakes, and what was right.
I still read as a writer – to learn how to get better, to keep up with the trends in children’s literature.
But I also read for fun. I still love historical fiction and fantasy. If you combine them, you get my favorite genre – time travel,
Keep your eyes open! My next three My Read reviews are all time travel stories for kids. I absolutely love all three!
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!