This month we welcome Tracy Sue Walker, author, public librarian, and professional storyteller.
She’s recently been revealing “the truth about” a series of mystical creatures, so far including dragons, Bigfoot, and unicorns, for Scholastic Book Clubs.
Tracy describes herself this way, “A booklover, daydreamer, and goofball, I’m pretty quiet unless I’m telling a story, then I’m pretty loud.” Let’s see how she answered our Skinny Dip questions.
One green thing I wish everyone would do:
Turn the lights off when leaving a room. It helps, and it’s so easy — the flick of a switch.
The book I wish everyone would read:
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
What keeps me up at night:
Everything — a natural-born worrier, I am!
One thing no one can do better than I can:
Worry! (Please see number 3) 😊
One habit I keep trying to break:
Chewing on my pencils. There’s something so satisfying about sinking my teeth into a good Ticonderoga yellow no. 1 extra soft lead pencil. All my pencils have teeth marks, sadly…
If I could say one thing to my twenty-years-younger self, it would be:
It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon. And don’t forget to breathe once in a while.
What’s on my nightstand:
Books! All in various stages of being read.
My hero is:
Anyone who helps improve a child’s life. Whether it’s introducing them to good books, providing relief for food insecurity, or simply being there to listen — heroes!
I wish I could tell my 12-year-old self:
Start journaling! Write down thoughts, feelings, worries, observations…
The scariest book I’ve ever read:
Misery by Stephen King
I yearn to:
Travel and see more of the world — especially places of natural wonder.
The food I can’t resist:
Olives! Salty, briny bites of heaven!