Interview With Anthony Fredericks(modified)


Nickie Finnegan writes, At the Mariott Hotel in Denver, Colorado, an Author/Teacher’s conference was held there.

At the Mariott Hotel in Denver, Colorado, an Author/Teacher’s conference was held there. Over 30 authors gave presentations about English and literacy, and while there I got to interview author Anthony Fredericks!Here are some quotes from this wonderful role model:”I grew up in California. I went to school in Arizona, and I now live in Pennsylvania. I have two younger sisters. One still lives in California and one lives in Florida. I now live in Pennsylvania with my wife, and we’ve been married for 40 years. I have a daughter who lives in England, and a son who lives in Colorado. We have a big, fat cat, and his name is Tubby. “”I’ve written about 15 Reader’s Theatre books. I love Reader’s Theatre because it’s a wonderful opportunity for kids really to become characters in stories. You get to act out stories as though you’re one of the main characters. The kids don’t have to worry about memorizing a script because they’re holding onto one. So I’ve found it a wonderful way to get kids excited about reading, to get them excited about story characters and how stories develop. “”I’ve got so many favorite authors. Avi, Eric Carl, Cynthia Rylant, Mike Thaler. I’ve got all different kinds of favorite authors in all different kinds of genres.” “To make writing something that you do every day. If you want to be a good writer, you have to practice all the time. You know Toni Hawk? He’s a pretty good skate boarder. Right? Well, how do you think he got to be a good skate boarder? Practice! I write for 3 hours minimum every day. I get up at 5:00 A.M., and I write every morning. Every day. It doesn’t make a difference what day it is. I write all the time. If you’re going to be a good writer, you can’t just do it once a week or twice a month. It has to be every single day. If you want to be the best, you’ve got to practice all the time.”Clearly, Anthony Fredericks thinks that writing is a vital part of children’s growth. Writing is definitely important!