I don't believe in regrets. There are a few things I'd do differently, but I can't go back in time and redo them, however much I might wish to. All I can do is learn from past mistakes and move forward.
I suppose I've always lived in my own head. I didn't discover boys till sixth form. Then suddenly it was, 'Oh! Boys!'
A love of books has opened so many doors for me. Stories have inspired me and taught me to aspire.
A film of my life would never happen!
A good book is a good book. End of story.
Any anxieties publishers have about putting a child on the front cover of a book who isn't white is very old fashioned.
Being the Children's Laureate has been educational, sometimes hectic, but most of all, great fun.
Books allow you to see the world through the eyes of others.
Books teach children to see the world through the eyes of others and empathise with others. It's about the story.
Children find prescriptive reading lists daunting, and they are a dangerous thing to have in schools.
I believe each individual can have a say and make a difference.
I hope to instill, in every child I meet, my love and enthusiasm for reading and stories.
I loved reading when I grew up but did feel totally invisible because I couldn't see myself and my life reflected in the books I was reading.
I think fan fiction is the way most writers start, and the same goes for music and design.
I think what we need, especially in publishing, is more commissioning editors and editors who are people of colour.
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