What did you want to be when you grew up?

Kathy Stinson playing teacher as a young girl
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When I was growing up in the 1960s, most girls were looking at pretty limited options: nurse, teacher, or secretary. I liked school, so I wanted to be a teacher.

I taught elementary school in Etobicoke (as far west as you can go in Toronto before you hit Mississauga) for five years.

I also wanted to be a mom and was lucky enough to have two wonderful kids (who are now so grown up they are almost older than I am).

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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