I still love Carson McCullers and Raymond Carver and Toni Morrison and James Baldwin.
Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.
Young people are often ignored and disregarded, but they are acute observers and learners of everything we say and do.
In young adult novels and children's books, you stay in moment. The story goes through a school year or a weekend. You never get a sense of a future self because the young person has not lived that yet.
I love how much love there is in the world of young adult and children's literature.
My mom was very strict. And we were very religious. So I knew that I was not allowed to do the wrong thing. And I knew that I had a home I could run to. And I had a mom.