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Skinny Dip with John Coy

7_15HoopWhat ani­mal are you most like?

I have a strong love for the Gray­wolf.

Which book of yours was the most dif­fi­cult to write or illus­trate?

All the ones that have not yet found a pub­lish­er.

Which of your books would make a good movie and who would be the star?

Lots of stu­dents think Crack­back would. I’d be hap­py with any star.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

Go, Dog. Go!”

What book do you tell every­one to read?

The Wat­son go to Birmingham—1963

Are you a night owl or an ear­ly bird?

I used to be a night owl. Now I’m much more of an ear­ly bird.

Were you most like­ly to vis­it the school office to deliv­er attendance/get sup­plies, vis­it the nurse, or meet with the prin­ci­pal?

I hard­ly ever vis­it­ed the school office for any of these rea­sons. Our ele­men­tary school was so small we didn’t even have a reg­u­lar nurse. We hard­ly ever saw the prin­ci­pal and we had no lunch at school. We all walked home every day for lunch. And the idea of being too cold to go out­side for recess hadn’t been invent­ed yet.



Free, Playful, and Courageous

Call me crazy, but my fam­i­ly knows very well that trav­el­ing to a new city means vis­it­ing one site in par­tic­u­lar: the library. It’s best if we have time to go inside. I like to see the walls, the sig­nage, the spe­cial rooms. I look to see how the books are arranged, not only Dewey […]


Summer isn’t over yet, the next part …

For old­er read­ers, grades four through sev­en, there are great series choic­es. How many books do a series make? I’m think­ing three or more—I have no idea if there’s an offi­cial clas­si­fi­ca­tion. In July, I heard three excel­lent speak­ers on chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture, Ani­ta Sil­vey, Judy Free­man, and Bar­bara Swan­son Sanders. They could­n’t get their book […]


Bank Street’s 2010 Choices

We eager­ly await the annu­al list of books cho­sen by the Bank Street Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion as books that work well with chil­dren from birth to age 14. Each year, the Chil­dren’s Book Com­mit­tee reviews over 6000 titles each year for accu­ra­cy and lit­er­ary qual­i­ty and con­sid­ers their emo­tion­al impact on chil­dren. It choos­es the […]


Monday Morning Round-Up

From Wen­dell Minor comes this news (applause, please),  “It′s offi­cial: the orig­i­nal art from Look to the Stars will be includ­ed in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of The New Britain Muse­um of Amer­i­can Art, and the orig­i­nal art from Abra­ham Lin­coln Comes Home will be includ­ed in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of The Nor­man Rock­well Muse­um. Watch […]


Baseball Crazy

Yup. I admit it. I am base­ball crazy. I have been since my mom took me to games at Met­ro­pol­i­tan Sta­di­um in Bloom­ing­ton, Min­neso­ta, to see the new­ly arrived Min­neso­ta Twins. And this year the Twins have out­door base­ball for the first time since 1982. It’s no won­der “base­ball aware­ness” is height­ened at this time […]