Lily Lee's first children's book is to be published this year. She is a well-socialized introvert who, when she isn't playing with paint or bits of paper or children, is pondering two of life's most important questions: "Who made that a rule?" and "How can we turn this into a game?". It wasn't easy, but she was recently persuaded to give her attention to a few other questions:
Q: Favorite cookie?
A: Anything freshly baked by someone who loves me.
Q: Three things you'd need on a desert island?
A: A good knife, a piece of string and a computer with unlimited high-speed internet access. Oh. And lip balm. Maybe a frying pan. Books! I forgot books! No, books will be on the computer...are a computer and internet access two things or one thing? Wait! I could make string out of coconut fibers! And if there are coconuts, I could make lip balm too! So, now can I take matches, and maybe books? Is a lighter better than matches? ... I'm sorry, what was the question?
Q: Are there books that have changed your life?
A:Books are always changing my life, or at least changing my mind, which might be the same thing. Ravenswood is publishing "Addy the Fruit Bat and a Visit to Cat" this year- it'll be the first of my stories to be set on a page. Does that count as life changing, or is it just really, really exciting?
Q: What children's books do you most admire?
A: I love simple, good-humored stories that give grown-ups and children lots of fun things to talk about. There are books by Dr. Seuss, Mercer Mayer, Maurice Sendak and Stephen Kellogg that probably haunt my adult children's dreams . It's not just the classics I love though- in fact, if you haven't read, or read to a child, books by David Somar and Jacky Davis, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, Mo Willems, or Laura Nuemeroff, read them as soon as you can. No, don't. If you do that, you will have no reason at all to read any book of mine. And I would really like you to read my book.