We’re thrilled to Skinny Dip with Aimée Bissonette, who is the author of two acclaimed picture books so far, North Woods Girl (Minnesota Historical Society Press) and Miss Colfax’s Light (Sleeping Bear Press). Thanks to Aor taking time away from writing and work to answer Bookology’s questions!
When did you first start reading books?
My best friend, Lyn, taught me to read when I was 5 years old.
Lyn was a year older so she went to first grade the year before I did. When she got home from school, she would bring her reading books (the “Fun with Dick and Jane” series) over to my house. We’d sit on my front steps and Lyn would teach me everything she’d learned in school that day. I am sure I read with members of my family, too, but Lyn was the one who really taught me to love reading.
Favorite breakfast or lunch as a kid?
I always loved Sunday breakfast growing up. It was the one time of the week we were all guaranteed to be in one spot together. I have six brothers and sisters, so it was a bit of a challenge to get enough food ready at the right time to feed everyone. (Remember, this was before microwave ovens!) And it was pretty chaotic. My mom used to joke that when she wrote the story of her life, she would title it “Raw Eggs and Burnt Bacon.” Maybe I’ll write a book about her someday with that title.
Barefoot? Socks? Shoes? How would we most often find you at home?
Socks! I love socks! In fact, my mother-in-law used to laugh at the size of the sock basket in my laundry room — you know, the place where you throw all those clean socks from the dryer so you can pair them later while watching TV? My sock basket is huge.
When are you your most creative?
I am at my creative best when I am out in nature. I love to hike, bike, and snowshoe. I walk every day — rain or shine, puddles or snow. I need to get away from my desk, smell outdoor smells, listen to birdsong. Nature always finds its way into my books.
Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip. Hands down.