Happy Picture Book Month!
I can’t think of a more fun book to celebrate than Marsha Diane Arnold’s Lost. Found. Check it out. YOU’LL LOVE IT!
- Can you tell us a little bit about LOST. FOUND?
The idea for Lost. Found. came to me in an early morning dream, a vision of a bear wearing a red scarf walking alone through a wintry forest. The story was a seemingly simple one (my editor called it “brilliantly simple and simply brilliant”) so I used just two words repeated, eighteen words in all. What happens when the red Scarf becomes lost and what happens when other woodland creatures discover the scarf? After mischievous activities and a bit of mayhem, a friendly circle of community and cooperation would be a surprise, but I like surprises. (4)
2. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?
Read a little every day. Write a little every day. And every day, be aware of everything around you by listening, feeling, and truly seeing. (3)
3. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
Miss Rumphius was one of my daughter’s favorite picture books growing up, so, of course, it was one of mine too. I’d love to travel to all the exotic places Miss Rumphius did and later in life, plant lupines. Wait! I’ve traveled to Africa, the Galapagos, Europe, Australia, Fiji, China, South America, and Central America, and now I’m settling down in Florida to plant my garden. Maybe I’m Miss Rumphius in disguise! (5)
4. What is the hardest thing about being an author?
The hardest thing for me is rejection, whether rejection of a new story or the rejection of having a book go out of print. My stories are like my babies and no one wants their babies rejected. (2)
5. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
I love when school communities embrace my books, like when Walter Jackson Elementary in Alabama celebrates The Pumpkin Runner with an October Pumpkin Run Day, four years in a row. (1…Whew!)
Lost. Found. is Marsha Diane Arnold’s twelfth book. Her picture books have garnered awards from Best First Book by a New Author to Smithsonian Notable to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. She’s tried her hand at all the activities in Lost. Found. – from walking in the snow to jumping on a trampoline to knitting things back together again. And she has always believed that if you lose something, it is never truly lost.