No one has ever accused me of biting my tongue. No one has ever said to me, You should really speak your mind. I don’t think I’ve ever heard, Spit it out Lesa. My mouth is my greatest asset and also my biggest foe.
As a writer of picture books, selecting just the right words is crucial to telling a strong yet concise story. The picture book writer can have many jobs—create a narrative, teach a lesson, share a piece of history, connect the past to the present, make a reader laugh, highlight illustrations, share the power and beauty of language. All this in 32 pages. So the temptation to write more often persists.