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Kids’ Q&A: Tad Hills


Describe your new book.
How Rocket Learned to Read is my latest picture book. It tells the story of a dog named Rocket who discovers the exciting world of books and, with the help of a little yellow bird, learns to read.

How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
I was browsing books at Bookcourt, my neighborhood bookstore in Brooklyn, and overheard an animated conversation between my friend Zack Zook, the proprietor, and an older man whom Zack addressed as "L. J." L. J. was excitedly telling Zack that one of his books had been recently added to the syllabus of a 20th-century American lit class at Stanford University (if I remember correctly).

After L. J. left the store, I got the scoop from Zack, who then handed me a copy of L. J. Davis's A Meaningful Life, written in 1971.

Introduce one other author/illustrator and suggest a good book by him/her.
Brian Floca. His book Moonshot is really beautiful and a must-read.

Is there a maxim or philosophy that you live by?
Be friendly.

What three things would you bring to ...


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