Q: Where did you get the idea for the IF YOU LIVED… history books?
A: When I was in elementary school, P.S. 9, I was bored by the way history was taught. It seemed all about dates and places. The first travel I ever did was to Mexico. When I came home, I started to read its history. Then I realized how little I knew of American history and so I began the IF YOU… series, learning by research and reading. I used the question and answer format, in case children didn’t want to read the entire book but could go to the question and answers they liked best. The first book I wrote was IF YOU LIVED IN COLONIAL TIMES. I’m so proud that all of the books in the series are so popular today.