A story shared back and forth is just about the most perfect symbiotic gift. It's a bit like love. No, it's a lot like love.
I always say that I take my life and turn it into story, and I certainly did that with 'Countdown'.
I want young readers to know that to tell their own story is the most important thing they'll ever do.
Open your arms to life! Let it strut into your heart in all its messy glory!
So often, we don't realize that the very moments in which we live become our history, our story.
Telling stories with visuals is an ancient art. We've been drawing pictures on cave walls for centuries. It's like what they say about the perfect picture book. The art and the text stand alone, but together, they create something even better. Kids who need to can grab onto those graphic elements and find their way into the story.
As a children's author, you get to advocate for reading and writing in general, in a way an adult author might not be able to. It's a really interesting dance we do to get literature into the hands of young people and to help them to become literate and become readers; we want them to grow up reading and continue to do so when they're adults.