Daily Archives: January 24, 2010

Bit-O-Stead

Just as Wheelie offers this jaw-breaking confection in Rebecca Stead’s Newbery winner When You Reach Me, so I’m offering a few bits too. (Mine are far less cavity-inducing though.)

“For me, as a kid, a book was a very private world,” she said. “I didn’t like talking about books with other people very much because it almost felt like I didn’t want other people to be in that world with me.”

From The Book Club With Just One Member

I believe–and this is not an original idea from me–that really strong writing yields more every time you read it.

From Rebecca Stead Asks the Big Questions

Optimism doesn’t come easily to me, but it’s a quality I strive for.

From Meet Rebecca Stead

I like the here and now. Imperfect as the world is, I do think we’re at least kind of groping in the right direction.

From Five Questions for Rebecca Stead

“Kids are not quite as independent at that age anymore,” she says. “From age nine, my friends and I were on the streets, walking home, going to each other’s houses, going to the store. I really wanted to write about that: the independence that’s a little bit scary but also a really positive thing in a lot of ways. And I’m not sure that most kids have that today.”

From Time Out for Kids New York

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