Meet the author: Amy Nielander






I am the Author Illustrator of the wordless picture book, THE LADYBUG RACE. I have always loved being creative since I was your age! I remember drawing my  neighbors houses when I was little for fun and typing stories  out on our typewriter.

When you were my age, did you like to read? I did like to read. I can’t remember exactly what I was reading at that particular time but a few books I do remember enjoying were Where the Sidewalk Ends, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing  and The Littles.

What was your favorite story? My favorite story was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. My favorite picture book was Popcorn by Frank Asch.

How do you get your ideas?My ideas come from many places. Stories sometimes come to me if something happens and it affects me emotionally. Ideas may also come in the form of an object…like pajamas! When my daughter was three she had a favorite pair of
polka dotted pajamas. She loved them so much (so did I) that I created a story about…a polka dot family!

Is it hard to write/illustrate a book? It depends. If all parts of the story come together easily, then its not so tough! But, usually its the other way around and I have to try and try (and try!) to figure out the  best solution.

What is it like to both write and illustrate your book? It is fun to do both the writing and illustrating. I am still learning how to be the very best author and illustrator I can possibly be!

What author do you really like right now? I like many authors and illustrators. But, if I were to go back to the very beginning of my journey.  I would say Marla Frazee (Mrs. Biddlebox, The Boss Baby, Walk On!)  was the artist I looked up to most.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Read as much as you can! And write.


Amy says you can find the Ladybug Medal activity on her website.

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