What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
As a child, my favorite way to read was sitting on my grandfather’s lap or lying in bed, with my mom or dad, before going to sleep. I remember how exciting it was to go from being read to, to being able to read the books by myself. As a young kid I loved the Dr. Seuss books because of all the fun pictures and the way the stories rhymed. I also loved If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. I would always imagine myself as the mouse and how much fun that would be. One of my all-time favorite books as a child was The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. There was something about that book and the story that made me feel so happy! As I got older, I loved the author Wendy Mass. Her books would transport me to different places, and I could imagine I was living the life of her characters!
Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
My ideal reading experience would be sitting inside on a comfy couch with the sun shining in the window. I’d be under a fuzzy blanket and have a cup of hot chocolate. It would be fall outside and I would watch the leaves falling off the trees as they crunched under people’s feet.
What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
I recently read a book about a family who lived in Alaska. Although it was fiction, the author did a lot of research on what it’s like to live there. The book taught me about how difficult the really cold winters are. The author did a good job of telling the story in a way that made you understand and almost feel the struggles that the family faced.
You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
The first person I would invite would be Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women. I think it would be interesting to get to talk to her since she lived so long ago. Her experiences would be very different from mine.
I would also invite Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as well as other books. As a child, I loved the illustrations in his books. Having someone so artistic at the party would be fun because I bet he would have a big imagination!
Finally, I would invite Wendy Mass since I did love her books so much. I would be so excited to have my favorite author at my party! I’d want to hear about the people she had met that inspired her stories.