I wrote books to entertain. I'm not trying to teach anything! If I suspected the author was trying to show me how to be a better behaved girl, I shut the book.
My mother always kept library books in the house, and one rainy Sunday afternoon - this was before television, and we didn't even have a radio - I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered I was reading and enjoying what I read.
With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down. I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.
I was a very observant child. The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.
I write in longhand on yellow legal pads.
I know that when I was a children's librarian, that was about 1940, boys particularly asked where were the books about kids like us, and there weren't any at that time.