Finding THAT Book, a guest post by Mark Fearing

Reading and I didn’t have a great start.

Writing and I have an even more complicated history.

I wasn’t a big reader when I was a kid. I know…when I tell students this at class visits they usually give their teachers a look like, “You’ve been lying to us! This guy doesn’t like reading!” That’s not what I said. I will explain.

I grew up on the St. Croix river in central Minnesota. I grew up on a farm of sorts, better described as a hobby farm. My father grew up in the city and this escape to a 20 acre farm was a dream he’d always had. He sometimes worked with Como Zoo so we had some very cool ‘cast off’ animals that ended up on our farm. I grew up with horses, cows, chickens, goats, geese, guinea hens, pigs, sheep… and 20 acres of waterfalls and pristine wilderness. Adventures were available and I took advantage. I also loved to draw and sculpt and made animated films. I was always busy. Reading was not my go-to activity until – I found THAT book (It was actually given to me by a teacher!). As librarians I bet you know many, many THAT books.