Today we’re talking to Vicky Weber. Vicky has created some fantastic stories with a distinct musical twist. Discover the inspiration behind her books in our interview.
Tell us about your book?
Right now, I have two different kinds of books: those that are inspired by my Hispanic roots and those that are influenced by my background as an elementary music teacher. My most popular book, Lazlo Learns Recorder, is an interactive story that also teaches the reader how to play the recorder.
Why did you want to write this story?
I started writing interactive musical stories because I saw many elementary students who disliked reading but loved music class. I truly believe that anyone can love reading when they find the right book. I saw a need and started creating!
What's been the best reaction from a reader so far?
I have received pictures, videos, and emails from teachers all over the country of their students learning to play the recorder with Lazlo even during the pandemic! It has been absolutely incredible to see so many children not only enjoying the story but learning as well.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My students are my inspiration. They make me want to be a better version of myself, which is one of the reasons I took the leap into becoming an author.
What's the most fun part of being an author?
Probably seeing my stories come to life. The illustrators I have worked with are so talented. It feels like Christmas every time I get a completed page.
What's your tip for parents to encourage reading?
Oh, there is so much they could do! When my husband was growing up, he didn’t like reading. As a child, all he wanted was to pick out his own books at his school’s library, even if they were above his reading level. I highly recommend that parents and teachers allow children to find reading material that they enjoy.
What's your favorite book of all time?
That is a tough one because I love so many books. One of my favorites is called The Bear And The Piano by David Litchfield. I cry almost every time I read it! The illustrations are beautiful and it is all about a bear who learns to play the piano for huge crowds in the big city, but in the end, he finds the most joy in playing for the most important audience of all.
What would you say to someone thinking of writing their first book?
Take your time and learn the industry. I have seen lots of authors try to rush through the process and they end up with a book that flops because they didn’t invest in hiring professional editors or tried to cut corners for illustrations.
Vicky Weber is a musician and an elementary educator with a love for children's literature. While she has taught a variety of grade levels, primary level education is where her passion lies. It has long been a dream of hers to teach children through the magic of books and she hopes you love reading her works as much as she loved writing them.
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