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New Interview with Tony & Ang

July 21, 2011

A couple months back, at the International Reader’s Association (IRA) conference, Angela and I were interviewed about the creation of our Adventure of Meno series, The Search for WondLa and Ang’s solo as a picture book author, Say What?

The interview is part of the IRA’s “Listen Up” series and is now online on their website, take a listen!

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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.