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What Children’s Book Influenced Your Life?


That’s the question editor Anita Silvey asked me one day. I was able to answer very quickly–A Wrinkle in Time. I read that book so many times I wore out my copy. Meg, Charles Wallace and the crew kept me entertained again and again. Meg was my role model–tall, smart and awkward. She also knew how to ask questions.

Now Anita’s new book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book is out. She asked more than 100 leaders from the arts, sciences, politics, business and ME to talk about a children’s book they loved. My response is on page 97!

Life is sometimes a big circle. Anita was my editor on Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors, my guide to family history for kids. It was my first real book and that title launched me on this career.

One of the things Anita believes is that if a child reads (or is read too) 1,000 books, it’ll make them a life-long reader.

So, I want to know. What children’s book influenced your life? Join the discussion on my Facebook page or add your comment to this posting. Spread the word. This is a question worth discussing in book groups.

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