Precious Child... nothing matters but the moment. There might be no tomorrow and even if there is, nobody gives a damn.
Not everything has to have a point. Some things just are.
That's not a bad word… hate and war are bad words, but fuck isn't.
It's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written.
You know what I worry about? I worry that kids today don't have enough time to just sit and daydream.
Everybody wants to share life and be in love and be loved.
I wanted to write what I remembered to be true.
We're supposed to be uncomfortable when we read something. That's how we learn.
If those of us who care about making our own decisions about what to read and what to think don't take a stand, others will decide for us.
After each book, I get panicky. I don't love the reviews. I don't like going through all that, and you would think that, after almost 40 years of writing, I'd have got the hang of it.
I am very sentimental, very emotional, but never in my writing; I am very tough.
I don't have anything new to say about teenagers.
I am not sure that the inner world of teenage girls has changed. What's most important to kids today is still the same stuff.
I wish I'd gone to a small liberal-arts college where I'd have read the great books instead of a large university where I majored in early-childhood education.
When I was first writing, my little prayers were, 'Please, please, please. Let something be published someday.' Then it went to, 'Please, please, please. Let somebody read this.'
When I was young, my parents had a library in our living room. I was always free to browse and read.
When I lock myself up to write, I cannot allow myself to think about the censor or the reviewer or anyone but my characters and their story!
What can happen if a young reader picks up a book he/she isn't yet ready for? Questions, maybe. Usually, that child puts down the book and says, 'Boring.' Or, 'I'm not ready for this.' Kids are really good at knowing what they can handle.
I discovered the National Coalition Against Censorship when I felt totally alone in my fight to protect intellectual freedom, and that group changed my life. I was no longer alone.
It's good to have fantasies and creative fantasies, especially.
I have the most loyal readers in the world.
Anyone who thinks my life is cupcakes is all wrong.
I've never been one to let others decide what's right for me or my children.
Madeleine L'Engle's 'A Wrinkle in Time' has been targeted by censors for promoting New Ageism, and Mark Twain's 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' for promoting racism. Gee, where does that leave the kids?
My husband and I like to reminisce about how, when we were 9, we read straight through L. Frank Baum's 'Oz' series, books filled with wizards and witches. And you know what those subversive tales taught us? That we loved to read!
The list of gifted teachers and librarians who find their jobs in jeopardy for defending their students' right to read, to imagine, to question, grows every year.
The protests against Harry Potter follow a tradition that has been growing since the early 1980s and often leaves school principals trembling with fear that is then passed down to teachers and librarians.
As a child who loved to read, I had trouble finding honest stories. I felt that adults were always keeping secrets from me, even in the books I was reading.
I was always a storyteller. I just didn't know it. I never shared the stories I made up inside my head when I was growing up. I never wrote them down, either. But I can't remember a time when they weren't there.
In the early '70s - a very good time for children's books and their authors - editors and publishers were willing to take a chance on a new writer. They were willing and able to invest their time in nurturing writers with promise, encouraging them.
When I began to write and used a typewriter, I went through three drafts of a book before showing it to an editor.
Here's the thing: If you don't want your kids to read a book, fine. You can tell them not to read a book, and maybe they will and maybe they won't. But you can't say what other kids can read.
My husband is a feminist!
I'm very lucky in that my agent and my editors know better. They don't push me. Because I don't take that well.
I wrote 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' right out of my own experiences and my own feelings when I was in sixth grade.
I have a great T-shirt that I received at the New Jersey Hall of Fame when I was inducted. It says - it makes me choke up - it says, 'I'm a Jersey tomato'... I am. I am a Jersey girl and proud of it.
I'm never doing a long novel again, truly.
I don't deal with writer's block, I don't allow myself to believe that there is such a thing. I think that there are good days and a lot more less good days.
I believe that 'The Artist' is the kind of movie you see and you don't forget. I know it's going to stay with me.
I loved 'Moneyball,' I thought that was a great Hollywood movie. I like baseball, but I don't know that you have to like baseball to like that. I thought it was really well done.