I didn't learn to read until I was almost 14 years old. Reading out loud for me was a nightmare because I would mispronounce words or reconstruct things that weren't even there. That's when one of my teachers discovered I had a learning disability called dyslexia. Once I got help, I read very well!
I don't believe being gay is something you can change, no more than you can change the color of your hair or your eyes. Well, I dye my hair, so maybe that's not the best example. But your eyes!
I believe with all my heart that the American classroom teachers are one of our greatest and most heroic treasures.
My books cover many aspects of daily life through which your children will recognize their own relationships in their families and communities.
I don't care what color the parents are. I don't care if it's a giraffe and a fish living together. If they're raising children who believe they're honored and loved, that's all that's important.
I used to say to my bubbe, 'Bubbe, is this story true?' And she'd say, 'Of course it's true! But it may not have happened.' What my bubbe was saying is profound: All stories are true. The truth is the journey you take through it - did it make you laugh, cry, seek and want justice? Then it's true.
What I loved the most about Oakland was that all of my neighbors came in as many colors, ideas, and religions as there are people on the planet. How lucky I was to know so many people that were so different and yet so much alike!
Be kind to one another. You may need each other when you are older.
Generally, what adults want to know is my background, why I write what I write, and very personal insights that some say are inspiring.
I came from a family of incredible storytellers, but I didn't start writing children's books until I was 41 years old.
I don't know if my work is a concerted effort to make kids sad!
I don't know if my work is a concerted effort to make kids sad! But life and death go hand in hand. It's our condition as human beings.
I have been in more classrooms than any legislator will ever walk into in their lives, and I see wonderful, caring, dedicated teaching out there.
I lived the first five years of my life on a farm in Union City, Michigan, with my mom and grandparents. It was the most magical time of my life.
I wasn't a very good student in elementary school and had a hard time with reading and writing.
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