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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

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Skinny Dip with Marion Dane Bauer

  What is your proudest career moment? My proudest career moment I suppose should be the day in 1986 when On My Honor won a Newbery Honor Award. But though that was the moment that changed my career more than any other, it’s not my proudest. My proudest was when I was just beginning writing, […]

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Skinny Dip with Sharon Chmielarz

What keeps you up at night? Nothing keeps me up at night (knock on wood). I have a couple of glasses of red wine, then shower (usually), hit the mattress, do some leg exercises, and I’m a goner until the next morning. If I slip from that routine and drink something with caffeine too close […]

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Skinny Dip with Elizabeth Verdick

What keeps you up at night? Reading much, much too late! What is your proudest career moment? In 2005 I won the Henry Bergh Award, which honors books that recognize the need to treat animals with kindness and caring (for my book Tails Are Not for Pulling). I got to stand on a stage in […]

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Skinny Dip with Margo Sorenson

What is your proudest career moment? My proudest career moment was doing my first author visit at Hale Kula Elementary School, Wahiawa, HI, the Schofield Barracks elementary, where I spoke to 200 kindergarteners and their parents, many of whom were in cammies, about Aloha for Carol Ann. Tears came to my eyes as I watched […]

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Skinny Dip with Joanne Anderson Reisberg

What is your proudest career moment? I entered a Writer’s Digest Contest and received an Achievement Certificate for having placed 37th out of 100 in ‘picture books.” I felt thrilled to be included, and then I read the contest had received 11,000 entries in 5 different categories. Woo Hoo.  Describe your favorite pair of pajamas […]

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Skinny Dip with Lisa Bullard

What keeps you up at night? I don’t need anything to keep me up at night—I am almost always up at night no matter what! When I have morning obligations, I force myself to go to bed at a reasonable time. But when I have a few days in a row where I don’t have […]

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Skinny Dip with Melissa Stewart

What keeps you up at night?  Nothing. I fall asleep the instant my head touches the pillow, and I’m probably the world’s soundest sleeper. Describe your all-time favorite pair of pajamas. When I was in college, I spent a term at the University of Bath in Bath, England, and rented a room at a house […]

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Skinny Dip with David LaRochelle

Favorite holiday tradition?  Without a doubt my favorite holiday tradition is carving pumpkins. It has become such a trademark of mine that people start asking in September what I plan to carve for the upcoming Halloween. I’ve learned to jot down possible pumpkin ideas in my sketchbook throughout the year, but it usually comes down […]

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Skinny Dip with Toni Buzzeo

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Although only my father is Italian, I grew up with a strong connection to my Italian heritage. And really, when does one’s heritage shine more brightly than the holidays? So, every Christmas Eve finds me with my family in our Maine farmhouse kitchen making homemade ravioli. My husband Ken rolls […]

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Skinny Dip with Nikki Grimes

What keeps you up at night? My brain! I can’t shut it off. I’m constantly bombarded with thoughts about what’s on my to-do list (I live or die by the list), what arrangements I need to make for the next conference, book festival, or school visit; what work I need to do to elevate the […]

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Skinny Dip with Gennifer Choldenko

What keeps you up at night? Generally I wake up worrying about my kids or my career. The middle-of-the-night scenarios are dire: accidents, Alzheimer’s, awful reviews, abject humiliation in one form or another. Unfortunately I’m a world-class worrier, so there I am lying in a pool of sweat whipped into a fretting frenzy when suddenly […]

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Skinny Dip with Kate DiCamillo

Do you remember any book reports you wrote or gave while in elementary school? No one has ever asked me this question before! Here is the truth: I don’t remember doing one, single book report. Have I blocked the memories out? Or did I really not do any? I’m thinking it’s the latter. Truly. Describe […]