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Born: 1916-04-12
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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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.

Tags: Chance, Read, Until

Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.

Tags: Good, Here, Writers

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.

Tags: Book, Forward, Work

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.

Tags: Lonely, School, Time

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.

Tags: College, Lovely, Mother

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!

Tags: Movies, School, Used

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.

Tags: Reading, Word, Writing

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.

Tags: Best, Friend, Inspired

When I was in the first grade I was afraid of the teacher and had a miserable time in the reading circle, a difficulty that was overcome by the loving patience of my second grade teacher. Even though I could read, I refused to do so.

Tags: Patience, Teacher, Time

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.

Tags: Book, Rainy, Sunday

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.

Tags: Father, Mother, Parenting

I had a very wise mother. She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.

Tags: Mother, She, Wise

I grew up before there were strict leash laws.

Tags: Laws, Leash, Strict

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.

Tags: Children, Problems, Sometimes

Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.

Tags: Children, Learn, School

Children want to do what grownups do.

Tags: Children, Grownups

I didn't start out writing to give children hope, but I'm glad some of them found it.

Tags: Children, Hope, Writing

I don't ever go on the Internet. I don't even know how it works.

Tags: Internet, Works

I enjoy writing for third and fourth graders most of all.

Tags: Enjoy, Third, Writing

I just wrote about childhood as I had known it.

Tags: Childhood, Known, Wrote

I rarely read children's books.

Tags: Books, Children, Read

I read my books aloud before they were published.

Tags: Aloud, Books, Read

I think the best teachers had a real interest in the subject they were teaching and a love for children.

Tags: Best, Children, Love
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I wanted to be a ballerina. I changed my mind.

Tags: Changed, Mind, Wanted

I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.

Tags: Great, Library, Read

I was a librarian.

Tags: Librarian

I was a very observant child. The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.

Tags: Books, Child, Growing

I was an only child; I didn't have a sister, or sisters.

Tags: Child, Sister, Sisters

I write in longhand on yellow legal pads.

Tags: Legal, Write, Yellow

People are inclined to say that I am Ramona. I'm not sure that's true, but I did share some experiences with her.

Tags: Her, Sure, True

People are usually surprised to hear this, but I don't really read children's books.

Tags: Books, Children, Read

Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.

Tags: Give, Often, Place

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.

Tags: Evening, Father, Mother

What interests me is what children go through while growing up.

Tags: Children, Growing, While
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