home and wrote a draft. If the voice is correct,
it should pour out of me.
being books that ultimately thread
an idea of developing the self for a
child. They’ve been coined self-help
books for kids, and
t hat”s beautiful, because if that
h elps someone, then great.
CC: Over the last few years you”ve
talked a lot of body image
and accepting oneself.
Have you thought about
writing for older kids to
address issues of self-esteem?
JLC: It’s really important that you understand
that these books, although
idea based, are not written
because I’m sitting there
thinking, “Hmm … I”m
going to write a book abo ut language.” It
really is born out of a creative impulse. And I
guess what I’ve learned is that my creative
idea is based in an emotional territory.
You’ll notice that I don’t write adventure
stories or imagination stories, per se. I write
something very deeply based in emotion. The
only criterion by which I judge it is, Does this
move me? Does it affect me? Does this connect to me?
Having said that, they’ve all ended up
CC: Many celebrities have
w ritten children”s books, but
r eceive critical acclaim. What
d o you think sets them apart?
JLC: The tricky thing is, I
w as not that big of a celebrity
when I started writing 17
years ago. And when I wrote that book, I
really don”t believe that [publisher] who
bought it did so because I was such a big
celebrity that they would get some big publicity. I believe they bought it on the merit of the
It’s a weird idea that if someone is creative
they can’t be creative at something else. Why
wouldn’t someone be creative in other areas?
It was a creative impulse that came out of
me, and when it came out it moved me to
tears, and I thought, ‘Oh, there is something
here.” I never connected the dots that the
books would sell a lot, I never connected the
dots that they’d win awards and I never connected the dots that I’d become famous for
writing books.—Stephanie E. Ponder
The Costco Connection
Jamie Lee Curtis’ Big Words for Little People
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see page 41. Some of her previous titles will
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By Shana Rawers,
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