Audrey Ades grew up in New England and holds degrees in theater and psychology. Judah Touro Didn’t Want to Be Famous is her first picture book. She lives in South Florida with her husband, son, and persnickety Pomeranian, Cookie.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
I can’t narrow it down to one! Winnie the Pooh, A Little Princess, Harriet the Spy, From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“Here is Winnie the Pooh, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.”
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Donna Gephart, Donna Bowman, Gary Golio
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
This is my first picture book. I worked on it for 3 years. I revised and revised and revised. Finally, it was good enough to win an award and be published. My advice is Never Give Up. Listen to other people and listen to your heart. Work really hard. And, did I mention, Never Give Up!