Award-winning children's author, Lisa Wheeler has worked many jobs, most of them involving bad smells. “I’ve washed diapers--both baby and adult--, scrubbed toilets, and even spent a few months as the best night-crawler wrangler on a small island.” But her favorite job, hands-down, is writing. “Fresh books are one of my favorite smells—bonus!”
Lisa is passionate about children’s books. “I love everything about them!” She’s written over 40 picture books in prose and rhyme, an easy reader series, four books of poems, and creative nonfiction for the very young. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a rhymer. Wordplay excites me!” Lisa's newest books are Dino-Christmas, People Don't Bite People, Babies Can Sleep Anywhere and The Christmas Boot . Lisa writes her books in southeast Michigan
My favorite book as a kid was Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian. There is a surprise ending and I never failed to be surprised, even though I knew what was coming. I checked the book out of our school library so many times that the librarian had to 'ban' me from taking it. (She suggested kindly that I should let other kids enjoy it.) I studied that book from cover to cover trying to find the secret of how the author 'tricked' me.
Let the child choose their own books! I worked in a children's book department for six years and it always saddened me when parent pooh-poohed a book. They would often refer to a picture book as a "baby book" and suggest the child read something on their level. Sometimes parents wouldn't allow the child to choose a book that the parent didn't deem "educational". Those sad faces on the kids who are forced to read a book that they had no choice in said it all--and that still haunts me.
I take walks. I read books. I go to the gym. I find that inspiration can strike at anytime. The key is to fertilize my brain with lots of children's books and then stay in motion. I've gotten ideas while driving, while swimming laps in a pool and while remodeling my bathroom! I figure ideas are floating around and need somewhere to land. My head is a welcoming place for them.