Shana is a children’s book author and editor. “When I was growing up in North Carolina,” Shana says, “my favorite books were about the olden-days: Little House on the Prairie, the Betsy-Tacy books, The Little Princess, and All-of-a-Kind Family. I used to check these books out over and over again from the library. I already had them memorized but I just liked knowing they were in the house. Books about the olden day held a sort of magic for me.”
These olden day books directly inspired my first attempts at storytelling. No matter how many times I checked them out of the library, I was never ready to leave the characters behind, and so I would spend hours making up stories that continued their adventures—and sometimes I even let myself be a part of them!
I tend to be drawn to stories about real life rebels—people who defy convention and expectations—largely because that’s something I think is so hard to do. Every child knows how strong a force peer pressure is, and so to go against your peers, your society, in order to fight for something you believe in, I think that’s incredibly brave and and also very inspiring. I want kids to know that if these people can change the world, than they can, too.”
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