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Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.
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Children want to do what grownups do.
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Children want to do what the grownups do. Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.
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I didn't visualize anything. As I wrote, all of these children appeared to be only children, so I tossed in a little sister.
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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.
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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.
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I enjoy writing for third and fourth graders most of all.
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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.
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I grew up before there were strict leash laws.
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I had a very wise mother. She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.
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I read my books aloud before they were published.
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I think children, as they grow up, are more aware of life's problems than they were when they were in kindergarten.
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I usually don't read my books. Some people have said those books are dated, but they're not. They're true to the period.
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I wanted to be a ballerina. I changed my mind.
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I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.
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I was a librarian.
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I was a very observant child. The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.
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I was an only child; I didn't have a sister, or sisters.
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I'm very surprised at the high number of boys who have written to say that reading my books was hard work but worth it. I have many loyal boy readers.
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My books take place in a very specific neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. It must be the most stable neighborhood in the United States.
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My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening. She read mainly travel books.
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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.
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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.
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People are inclined to say that I am Ramona. I'm not sure that's true, but I did share some experiences with her.
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People are usually surprised to hear this, but I don't really read children's books.
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Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.
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Some of the letters I get are little novels. I didn't get letters like that when I first started writing 50 years ago.
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The exterior circumstances have certainly changed for many children. The world is not the safe place it was when I was growing up.
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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.
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What interests me is what children go through while growing up.
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When I first start a book, I tell myself firmly to sit there so I can get it started. It's usually hard to start.
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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.
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Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.
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