on diversity in literature:
"I don't think that anyone should underestimate
the importance of all children being able to see themselves in the literature intended for them
-- to identify with characters that look like them
and ones that don't. I think there's a dire need
to see more diverse characters portrayed in
stories that are not necessarily about "race"
or "multiculturalism," for example, but that
we encounter and accept these differences
among characters in stories, as we do in our
everyday lives -- as natural elements of the
world we live in. Our societal fabric consists
of a cornucopia of people, familial structures,
and religious and ethnic backgrounds; I would
love to see the stories that we tell reflect this."
"I have very early memories of words before I knew what words were. I was always drawn to their magic, I suppose. I would walk around the house with a book tucked under my arm, even before I could read. Some kids had teddy bears; I had books.”