When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher, a dog kennel owner, and a writer. When I grew up, I taught high school English for four years, owned as many as three dogs at one time, and began to write books. By now I’ve written over ninety of them—picture books, novels, short stories, nonfiction, and lots of poetry. Where do I get my ideas? From experiences, events, suggestions, travels, dreams, articles, people I’ve met—everywhere!
My family inspired me to love words and stories. My grandmother told marvelous folk tales. My parents read to me every day and sang hit tunes, which had great lyrics by wonderful lyricists such as Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, etc. Nowadays, my husband, Steve Aronson, encourages me by listening patiently to what I write and giving me tough critiques.
Steve and I live in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, CT. We don’t have children, but we do have a lot of pets: a standard poodle named Oggi, a cat called August, and three rescued birds. When I’m not writing, I like to go swing and ballroom dancing, train my dog, bird watch, take walks in the woods, see plays, play computer and board games, garden, and read.
How would I describe myself? “I’m persistent and persevering. I love to laugh. I’m sociable, but I also like to be alone. Although my house may be messy, I’m quite organized. I’m a night owl and not a lark.”
I currently co-host the Poetry Blast, a reading by children’s poets, at the American Library Association conference and other venues. Visit the Fans of the ALSC Poetry Blast page at Facebook.