Today I mourn a legend. I met Sid Fleischman several times over the years and attended many of his workshops at the Summer Conferences. He was warm, funny, generous and kind, and also immensely talented. In his honor I am rerunning this post from August 2007. Good-Bye Sid, we'll all miss you.
Talk about inspirations...you're looking at them. Three Newberys. Three!
Newbery winners Susan Patron, Sid Fleischman and Linda Sue Park have written some of my favorite children's stories, The Higher Power of Lucky, The Whipping Boy and A Single Shard. So pushy little me saw them talking at the SCBWI National and asked for a photo. They were so gracious. Susan and Linda Sue agreed to be interviewed for the blog later. I didn't have the nerve to ask Sid, but I will. I printed out this photo and stuck it next to my computer with the phrase, "Dream Big!"
I'm sorry to say that I never got that interview with Sid, but my buddy Barbara Bietz did interview him last year. Check it out today at her blog, (http://www.barbarabbookblog.blogspot.com/