Wilson plays with words as a form of entertainment. She carries a little notebook and scribbles down funny word combinations or words that sound good together. Sometimes she gets a title idea, sometimes a story idea. “There is so much stimulation from every direction, ideas come faster than I can get them down,” she says. “Trying to catch them is like catching milkweed down.” [Excerpted from my Sarah Wilson profile.]
#PictureBookMonth Theme: Bedtime :|: Read A Nap In A Lap by Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson wrote and illustrated her first story at the age of four. She remembers putting it together in a small book with help from her mother. By the age of five, Wilson pecked out simple stories on her father’s typewriter. And in second and third grade a few of what Wilson dubs her “little poems” were published in a newspaper and a children’s magazine. According to Wilson, “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing.” But in fourth grade, a visiting art teacher planted the seed in Wilson’s mind that she could write and draw for a living. “Max was such a gift,” Wilson says of the visiting teacher. “He’s why I’m so willing to go into schools to speak to kids.”
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