This is Sara Cassidy’s tenth book for children. Her books have been short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and two were Junior Library Guild selections. For more information, visit www.saracassidywriter.com.
Impact of reading in my life
Reading is a mirror, a magnifying glass, a cozy blanket, a heart-starter, a mind-igniter. I read non-fiction, poetry and fiction, and that has made my life richer. It has taught me to look carefully at the world, as writers do, and to feel it deeply, as writers do. It has made me listen to people, to enjoy language, to wonder and ask and argue and seek -- as writers do.
"About" via Orca Fall 2018 catalog
I read. Reading is like priming the pump. Sometimes it helps me to read something historical -- that takes place in the past or was written in the past. It chases away the distracting buzz of the digital age.
I hope readers have a bit of fun and learn a few things, but most importantly, I want them to realize that how they see the world is valid and matters.
I have several. The Secret Garden (for the sense of place and privacy and nature). From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (for the intelligence and adventure). Burnt Toast on Davenport Street (for the silliness of it). Katherine Rundell's Rooftoppers (for the beautiful sentences). Anything by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and Shirley Hughes (they know just what kids are like). Mouse Trouble by John Yeoman (fun!). Alpha, by Isabelle Arsenault....
Hiking, swimming, making collages, trying to draw, watching birds, playing Scrabble, adventuring and playing pool.
I would love to write a book that raises a lot of money to help kids recover from war.
I don't know that I ever did. I had young children when I started, and it just seemed to be the language I was living in. I had been writing for magazines and newspapers, and some fiction for adults, before I had children and saw again how deep the world can be.
Usually when I have other more necessary things to do -- like the laundry or my taxes or the yard.