I spend a lot of time with kids now that I write children’s books. I see a lot of schools both high and low income; I meet a lot of principals, both weary and enthusiastic; I get to see education with a very broad view. There are so many tireless teachers who give their all for the kids, and you can tell when you meet those professionals that they care. The one I’m most thankful for, though, who had more impact on me than any other is my mom.
My mom was a reading teacher at my school for years before she started teaching kindergarten. Every week during the summer she’d take us to the Stanislaus County Library to check out books. It was there I discovered Encyclopedia Brown, Lloyd Alexander’s Book of Three and Jack London’s adventure stories.
Mom passed on her love of reading to her five kids. Those books became my friends. I still go into that library sometimes, just to see if they still keep my old go-to books on the same shelves where they’ve always been. I wouldn’t want to write if it weren’t for you Mom. Thanks.