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I recently asked my students (the most adorable Kindergarten bunch ever) for their input on the kind of information that would be important to include in an Author Biography page. Based on their responses I have this to share:
I am 26 years old (hmmm, not really but shhh). I like dogs better than cats. Pizza is my favourite fast food. I have two children that I love very much. My daughter is ten years old and my son is six. When I was young(er), my favourite subjects in school were Writing and Art. Blue is my favourite colour.
Somewhere along the way, our discussion turned into an interview, and so I let it be…
Student: How many books did you write?
Me: So far, I have written one book. Words is my first picture book.
Student: What is your favourite book?
Me: I have many favourite picture books. Some of them are Lost and Found, The Giving Tree, Whimsy’s Heavy Things, The Dark, Big Bear Hug. There are too many to list.
Student: How do you write so well?
Me: (awww) When I write I try to imagine myself as the character in my story and build everything that happens around their feelings and experiences. For example, when I wrote Freshly Baked Pie (an upcoming book), I imagined that I was five-year-old Emily and described things from her point of view. This makes it interesting for readers because Emily comes alive with the words I use.
Student: Do you like pies?
Me: I absolutely do. I also love all sorts of other pastries too (oh no, they now know about my sweet tooth).
It’s easy to see why I love what I do. Children are so beautiful, so open to share themselves with the world. When I was a kid I remember always wanting to be a teacher. As I grew older, I contemplated other careers too. I debated between being a fashion designer, interior decorator, a psychologist, and even a lawyer too. But I always went back to those fond memories I had as a child, sitting among friends, playing little teacher (when nobody wanted to play anymore, my stuffed animals did just as well). So yes, I love what I do, but also because teaching gives me plenty of room to nourish other passions I have, which include Visual Arts and Writing for children. Many of the poems I use in my classroom are my own. Sometimes I write a poem to springboard a theme or unit we are studying. Other times, I write to simply model how fun writing can be. As for art, we can always use a little more colour in our lives.
Thank you for stopping by. I would love to hear from you. Feel free to share your thoughts and passions with me too.