Sara Pennypacker is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Pax, and seventeen more children's books including the Waylon series, the Clementine series, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Meet the Dullards, Pierre in Love, Sparrow Girl, and The Amazing World of Stuart. She has also contributed four books to the venerable Flat Stanley series.
Her books have won numerous awards, including a Golden Kite Award and a Christopher’s Medal, many children’s choice state awards, and have appeared on many 'Best Books' lists. She was a painter before becoming a writer, and has two absolutely fabulous children who are now grown. She grew up in Massachusetts and splits her time between Cape Cod and Florida.
Often asked “why do you write for children” she explains first, books can make a profound difference to a young reader: they can either mirror his experience in a way that says, “Look, you’re already a member of the human tribe, Welcome!” or they can open up a whole different path than the one she’s on. Second, because of the connection triangle: Reader-character-author. Authors really connect with their characters, and readers really connect with them, too. But only young readers make the final connection – between themselves and the author.
Learn more about Sara Pennypacker on her website.
Q1: WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD WE ALWAYS FIND IN YOUR CREATIVE SPACE/STUDIO?
Sara: A mini-trampoline, a flowering plant, chocolate.
Q2: WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
Sara: I knew I would be a creator since I was very young. I was a watercolor painter for a long time until I figured out I really wanted to paint pictures with words!
Q3: WHAT AUTHORS HAVE MOST INSPIRED YOU?
Sara: So many. My first inspirations were any authors or illustrators who enthralled my own children when I was reading books to them. I studied the books my kids loved best to try to figure out what was so magical and how the magic had been accomplished.
Q4: OUR FESTIVAL THEME THIS YEAR IS TWISTS & TURNS. WHICH WOULD YOU RATHER PLAY, TWISTER OR DOMINOES?
Sara: Dominoes, definitely.