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A Holiday Reminisce

December 17, 2010

Kate DiCamillo told me she thinks of herself more as a writer as opposed to an author. I like that. It has less pomposity to it. It suggests “I am one who writes things down” versus “I am a famous author”. Me? I have considered myself more a storyteller who uses words and pictures – if successful, I’ve crafted a tale that will entertain you for a few moments and allow a brief escape from reality. At least that’s the working label I’ve affixed to myself.

But every once and awhile I am asked to do something that makes me feel like a writer. Like conjuring up an old (mostly-true) holiday memory for School Library Journal. Enjoy!

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.