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Original Essays | February 6, 2014 0 comments
One afternoon in the mid-1990s, I found myself in Dauphine Street Books in New Orleans, staring hungrily into a vitrine containing costly literary... Continue »
Bart KingDescribe your latest project.
The Big Book of Girl Stuff is a big book intended for, er, girls around the ages of 9-13. I wrote the book with my five sisters and about fifty girls who were former students of mine. As we put the book together, we constantly asked ourselves this question:
Would a girl enjoy reading this?
We ended up with a book stuffed full of humor, projects, and interesting information. It's sort of a mash-up between a hip help-book and a goofy guidebook. Plus, it has a reversible cover so it's perfect for sneaking into class!
Describe your most memorable teacher.
What is your favorite literary first line?
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
On the website for The Big Book of Girl Stuff, there's a section devoted to "Recommended Reading." If you're looking for a good book, take a look. If you want to add a title to the list, you can do that, too!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
But then I decided to become an astronaut instead.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
If you could pick anyone to illustrate one of your books, who would it be and why?
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
A: Working with my sisters was actually pretty fun! Each of them is very different from the others, and this variety of styles made us a well-rounded group.
For example, Melinda is a lieutenant colonel in the Army, so she is used to being a leader. She would look at material and start issuing commands: "Cut this. Add this. Revamp this. Next!" Mary is a park ranger and naturalist, so she liked focusing on the outdoor activities. As a nurse, my sister Sarah knows the importance of fact checking. She was the one who would always ask the crucial question: "How do we know this is true?" Kathleen is a wild-and-crazy middle school teacher, and she kept us supplied with laughter and ideas. And my sister Gretchen rides horses competitively, so you can imagine what she always wanted to write about.