When I write the
I Spy riddles, I look for interesting words and phrases to rhyme.
I put them together to fit the rhythmic pattern of I Spy.
If the words fit, I can sing my riddles to the old-fashioned song
"Sweet Betsy from Pike." Never heard it? Ask your music teacher.
Once you learn the tune, you can sing your way through the I
Spy books. You can also test riddles you write for your own I
Spy creations. When I visit schools, I see many wonderful I Spy
pictures, but rarely do I see riddles written in the I Spy pattern.
It's not that hard. I bet, if you try, you can do it!
The I Spy books
are fun to write because Walter Wick's photos are brilliant, clear,
and original. They pull you in and hold you in a visual spell until
you have found everything. The I Spy books also make you think.
As an author and an educator, I'm very proud of this quality.
I didn't know
that I would become an author when I was young, but I loved to read
and play office. In a way, I still play office. In my office today
I have a computer, a desk, a table, a rug, my grandmother's rocker,
seven file cabinets, lots of books, and a copying machine. I look
out my window at the tops of trees, and in the summer I can hear
the birds sing.
I have been writing
books for over twenty-five years and have published eighty-seven
of them. Where do I get my ideas? The same place you do. I get my
ideas from my brain, just as you get yours from your brain. Sometimes
my ideas are inspired by real life; sometimes they come out of my
imagination. If they're good, I write them down and save them. I've
learned to value the gifts from my brain.
I write different
kinds of books. In addition to the I Spy books, I write sports
stories, such as Football Friends and Hockey Hero,
which I wrote with my grown sons. I like to write non-fiction picture
books such as Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, In 1492,
and How Kids Grow. I'm writing Level 1 science books for
Scholastic's Hello Reader series. The latest are I Am a Leaf
and I Am Snow. These books are illustrated by Judith Moffatt.
I grew up in Manchester,
Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut and
Harvard Graduate School of Education. I live in the Hudson River
Valley with my husband.