What were my favorite books? I loved historical fiction, Caddy Woodlawn, The Little Princess, Hitty: Her First Hundred Years; the Moffatts, all of Laura Ingalls WIlder. At the time I learned all I knew about history from these wonderful books.

I started writing myself about forty years ago and because children's book authors tend to write the kind of books they loved as kids, I wrote historical fiction. And then I read that the Brooklyn Bridge was celebrating its one hundredth birthday. Hey, why not try to write a nonfiction book about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge?

I did, and from then on, I was hooked on writing nonfiction and biographies.

While doing research, I fell in love with libraries all over again, from tiny local libraries to the huge New York Public Library. So far, I've never met a librarian, either in a small town library or a big city library, who wasn't eager to help track down some obscure fact that I couldn't find on my own. I bet any library user can say the same thing.

So here's a toast to libraries, librarians...and books. Happy Reading!

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