We asked the authors and illustrators of our current and upcoming titles about their favorite childhood book . . . and as a bonus we asked for photos of them as kids! Meet Barbara Nye, author and illustrator of our upcoming fall book, Somewhere a Bell is Ringing, then and now:
Barbara is originally from a farming community in Central Texas called Cyclone. She grew up on a 180-acre farm with her parents and ten siblings. Her travels in many countries and her experiences living in South America and Canada have had a strong influence on her artwork. She has an honors degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and is fluent in Spanish. Barbara has lived in Australia for over 25 years, has been an Australian citizen since 1992, and raised her three children there.
According to Barbara, "I had many beloved childhood books, including Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, The Story About Ping, The Little Engine that Could, and Little Golden Books like Scuffy the Tugboat, The Pokey Little Puppy, and Scupper the Sailor Dog. We used to watch Captain Kangaroo on TV, and I loved it when he read picture books. I read many of these classics to my children as they were growing up.
"Of all the cherished books of that time, if I were to choose a favorite it would have to be The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson. I just love that Ferdinand is a peace-loving non-conformist, and the drawings by Lawson are superb!"