Judy Schachner-"Writing with Cats"
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
Judy Schachner is the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 18 books for children. She has won many awards including the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award.
“Growing up we didn't have much money. My mother was very ill, and to make matters worse, I was extremely shy. All my teachers complained that ‘Judith needs to speak up in class, Judith needs to improve in arithmetic, and Judith needs to finish her work on time.’ But no one complained about my artwork. On paper I drew myself a world where mothers were healthy and teachers were kind. My life was perfection in pencil.
“The most important relationship in publishing is that of the author/illustrator and her editor. I am most lucky to have Lucia Monfried. With her gentle encouragement and wisdom she took me by the hand and helped me accomplish the impossible. In 1995 I not only illustrated my first picture book but I wrote it too. Willy and May was published to wonderful reviews and no one ever suspected my fear of semi-colons.
"The great thing about my job is that one day I can be writing about history, as I did in Mr. Emerson's Cook. The next day I'm drawing a wacky old woman for I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Or I can bring to life a beloved pet cat in my book The Grannyman.
"And years later I’m still writing about cats. Only this one speaks Spanish (Skippyjon Jones, Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse, Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble, Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones, Skippyjon Jones in Lost in Spice, and Skippyjon Jones Class Action).
“I live in a constant state of 3rd grade bliss - making up stories and drawing pictures. Isn't that what we all did as children?”