What was the first book you remember picking and reading by yourself?
When I was very little, I was obsessed with Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now? I copied it and illustrated it and believed I had made my own book. I loved Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Fudge. Then there was Sounder, The Saucy Jane Family, Anne of Green Gables. I spent much of my childhood reading.