Janet Costa Bates
Children's Book Author
A Little Bit About Me
When I was young, I would read anywhere - on the grass, on the steps, in a tree. If it started to get dark, I wouldn't notice. I would just keep reading. My mother told the doctor she was worried about eyestrain. His answer? 'Let her read.' Thanks, Doc.
My fifth grade teacher had assigned each student in our class to research a dinosaur and then write that dinosour into a fictional story. All of the stories were then stapled into a book. A book! It was my first time being 'published' and I loved it. And, yes, I still have my copy. Thanks, Mr. Thibeault.
My math skills were never strong. Luckily, my high school algebra teacher was always available for after school help. She remained patient and caring even when I felt frustrated and stupid. I realized that, with her support, I could get through algebra if I worked hard. What does this have to do with writing? If you want to be a writer, surround yourself with supportive writers and work hard. Whatever it is that you want to do well, find support and work hard. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Mrs. Hackett.
I write chapter books, middle grade novels, picture books and poetry. I've been writing poetry since about the third grade. Over the years I've written many poems, short stories and essays, most of which have never seen the light of day. When my sons were born, I started reading to them as infants and completely fell in love with children's books. I had found a focus for my writing passion. I'm now a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
'Seaside Dream' was chosen to be included in a mural for the Children's Room at the Boston Public Library. It's a little hard to see from this picture so you'll have to trust me.
OR take a trip to the BPL.
LeVar Burton read 'Seaside Dream,' as part of the Reading Rainbow Skybrary.