Phyllis Root

I have published fifty books for children, including Lucia and the Light, Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble, and Big Momma Makes the World, which won a Horn Book Award for picture books. A recent picture book One North Star won a John Burroughs Riverby award for Nature Writing, a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award, and a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. I teach in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Why do I write for children?

E.B.White said he writes because he loves the world, and I hope that the people who read my books will love the world, too.



How has reading influenced your life?

As far back as I can remember, reading has been a part of my life. I go to books for wisdom, for comfort, for fun, for information, to enter into another world and find common ground.

Do you have any favorite memories of childhood reading?

I adored Nancy Drew books. She was a strong, positive role model for girls. Nancy could do anything, and she did.

What advice do you have for parents and others who are trying to raise readers?

Read, read, read together with your children. Give them books of their own. Visit libraries. Write stories together. But mostly read with them and to them. Any chance you get.

Do you have any upcoming books you can tell us about?

This spring THE LOST FOREST will be published by the University of Minnesota Press. It’s a non-fiction picture book about old growth forest and the plants and animals that live there.

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