As a child, books meant freedom. If you could read in my kindergarten class, you were allowed to go to the library by yourself, and libraries were the loveliest freedom I could imagine. If I had a book, I had a companion for a long dinner with grown-ups. I could learn about anything, go anywhere, pretend to be anyone.
Favorite books from my childhood: the Little House books, the Great Brain books, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and books by Ellen Conford and Judy Blume. I recently had a school visit that had been attended by R.R. Knudson, author of the beloved girl-athlete (back when that was something of a novelty) Zan books - cool!
I live in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, with my husband, three children, a cat and a dog. I love freshly baked bread, good pens, and, of course, some gummi bears now and then.