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My Writing and Reading Life:
Trudy Ludwig

The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 19, 2013

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Trudy Ludwig

TRUDY LUDWIG is the author of many books for children, including My Secret Bully and Confessions of a Former Bully. An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, she is a sought-after speaker who collaborates frequently with organizations like Committee for Children, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Putting Family First. Trudy has been profiled on national television, radio, and in newsprint, and her books have received the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the CCBC’s “Best of the Best” award, and have been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People.

Latest published book …

The-Invisible-BoyThe Invisible Boy, with the release date of October 8, 2013.

[A Junior Library Guild Selection]

You wrote it because …

I wanted to address the issue of intentional and unintentional social exclusion that most kids (and adults) experience at some point in their lives. Who hasn’t felt invisible at school, at work, or at some social gathering they’ve attended? And this feeling of invisibility can be particularly difficult for quiet, shy, or sensitive children who have so much to offer, yet these kids may often find themselves overlooked or ignored by their peers. No one likes feeling invisible. All it takes is just one person to reach out to make another feel valued and appreciated.

Favorite place to write …

I would love to write in a beach rental on the Oregon coast. Unfortunately, I’ve only done that maybe two or three times in the 11 years I’ve been writing children’s books. I do love writing in my home with Hannah, my loyal hound dog, snoozing by my side.  When I become an empty nester, I hope to schedule more coastal writing retreats.

Necessary writing/creativity tool …

I honestly don’t think I can write without my computer or laptop. I’ve tried writing stories by hand, but my brain doesn’t seem to cooperate. I just end up doodling all over the paper instead of writing down words.

Favorite bookshop …

Well, that’s easy: Powell’s City of Books here in Portland, OR. It’s touted to be the largest independent bookstore in the US, some even say in the world, with more than one million new, used, and out of print books! I need a compass to find my way around that place!

Currently reading …

Masterminds-and-WingmenMulti-tasking gal that I am, I have a few books on my nightstand that I’m currently reading: Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman; Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, and Once Upon a Toad by Heather Vogel Frederick.

All-time favorite children’s book you didn’t write…

That’s a toughie. It’s a toss up:  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, and Wonder by RJ Palacio.

An author you idolize …

John Green is on the top of my list. I love his books. I think I went through a box of Kleenex with The Fault in Our StarsAn Abundance of Katherines is another great read! I also adore author Markus Zusak for his brilliant novel, The Book Thief.

Favorite illustrator …

Oh my…are you trying to get me in trouble here? To date, I’ve written eight children’s books—each illustrated by a wonderful artist. So, I’m going to be diplomatic and list a few of my favorite illustrators with whom I would love to have the honor to collaborate: David ShannonA Bad Case of Stripes and No David books), Kadir Nelson (We Are the Ship), and Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express and Jumangi). The chances are slim to none that I’d get to have them illustrate one of my books, but that doesn’t stop this author from dreaming!

"The Invisible Boy" illustration copyright ©, 2013, Patrice Barton

“The Invisible Boy” illustration copyright ©, 2013, Patrice Barton

A literary character to vacation with …

WonderMy choice would be Lillian, the restaurant owner and chef extraordinaire in the adult novel The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. Why Lillian and not some famous character from a classic novel? When I’m on vacation, I don’t want to be with someone who brings with her a lot of emotional baggage—I’d much prefer someone who travels lightly—with a good attitude. Also, Lillian is a wise, empathic woman who understands the importance of beautifully prepared meals and how food and friendship have the power to nourish the soul. She would definitely be an ideal traveling companion!

If I had to pick a character from a children’s book, I’d definitely ask Summer, from Wonder, to join me. Summer is the girl in the novel who reached out in such kind, beautiful ways to August, the new boy at school who was born with a facial deformity. Summer is my kind of gal!

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Read our 2010 interview with Trudy Ludwig.

The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, is a resource devoted to children’s literacy. We publish reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. We also produce author and illustrator interviews and share literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians to grow readers. This article was written and provided by a guest author.

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