Author Dori Hillestad Butler
Why do you write for kids?
I write for kids because I like to turn non-readers into readers. There’s nothing more satisfying to me than to receive a letter or e-mail from a child who says, “your book was the first book I read all by myself.” Or “I didn’t like reading until I read your book.” Reading is power. If you’re a reader, you can go anywhere and do anything!
How do you support teachers?
When I show kids my writing process, I validate what they’re learning in the classroom. I prewrite. I outline. I revise.
I also tell a story during my author visit presentation about how I came to write my first novel when I was in sixth grade. I’m sure the kids just think, “wow, she was like our age when she wrote her first novel.” But I hope the teachers hear the part about the teacher I wrote the novel for and realize that they are making a difference in kids lives every single day. It may not seem like it on a day-to-day basis, but they are.
Dori Hillestad Butler is an award-winning author who is eager to share her love of story with readers of all ages. She is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the Haunted Library series and the Buddy Files series. Her books have been on children’s choice and teen award lists in 19 states. The Buddy Files #1: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for best juvenile mystery. Dori grew up in southern Minnesota, spent the last 19 years in Iowa, and now lives in the Seattle area. She is on a quest to do an author visit in all 50 states. If she hasn’t visited your state yet, you may be eligible for a discount. For more information visit www.kidswriter.com.