Sara R. Hunt
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In addition to contributing editor credit for many articles appearing in American Girl magazine, Sara Hunt created dozens of best-selling titles as an in-house editor for the popular line of advice and activity books, including award-winners such as The Smart Girls’ Guide to Starting Middle School: Everything You Need to Know about Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends! (2004 iParenting Media award); The Smart Girls’ Guide to Money: How to Make It, Save It, and Spend It (2007 Excellence in Financial Literacy award); and Coconut’s Card-Making Kit (2005 Family Fun magazine’s Toy of the Year award). She is also the author of Stay Fit: Your Guide to Staying Active, from the Healthy Me! Series (awarded TriState Young Adult Review Committee, 2012 Books of Note), Capstone, 2012.While researching and writing You’ve Got Spirit! Cheers, Chants, Tips, and Tricks Every Cheerleader Needs to Know, Sara was head cheer mom, cheer boosters president, treasurer, event coordinator, and fundraising chairperson for her daughter’s high school cheer team. She was also a youth and high school cheerleader (when cartwheels and round-offs were considered tumbling and splits were “stunts”).
Sara and her family live in Charlottesville, Va.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
I loved to read as a child. Some of my favorites were: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, and A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
One that I remember and quote to my daughters frequently is, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” A quote by Eleanor Roosevelt in a Kit book from the American Girls Collection.
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
I read a lot of children’s literature with my daughters. We really enjoyed the Sharon Creech books, especially Walk Two Moons. (My favorite author when I was young was Judy Blume.)
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I have always loved children’s books – as a child I was a voracious reader. That passion was rekindled when my first child was born and I spent countless hours reading stories … “again, again!”When I was a book editor at American Girl, my three daughters were constant inspiration for, and frequent testers of, my book projects, giving new meaning to the concept work-life balance. When you write about something that you love, it doesn’t feel like work!
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
I will share the two most valuable pieces of advice that I received: Read, read, read. The best writers are those who read a lot! And, write about what you know and love!