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Bonnie Hinman
     I grew up on a farm in Southwest Missouri and have loved the outdoors ever since.  My younger sister and I roamed the fields around our house riding stick horses with twine bridles. We weren't lucky enough to have a real horse until we were much older, but soon it became clear that stick horses had advantages over the real deal.  They went where you wanted them to go and didn't try to roll over and dump us off like our shetland pony did.  We attended a country school where recesses were devoted to games and races and playing jump the creek because we had a real creek on our school grounds.  We also tried our hand at catching wasps with waxed paper and greatly admired one boy who could catch wasps with his bare hands.  During all these years I was reading every spare moment.  I had expected to learn to read the very first day I attended school and was disgusted when the day was done and I was still illiterate.  But I did learn eventually and have read every day since.  After grade school and then high school in nearby Lamar, MO.  I was off to college at SMS in Springfield, MO.   Now it has a fancier name - Missouri State University.  After I graduated from college I married and moved to Joplin, MO, where I still live with my husband near my children and grandchildren. 

     I began writing about children and parenting when my daughter and son were young but as they grew I realized that I liked to read the same books they did.  It was a natural step to start writing for children instead of about them.  I've written 25 books in the last 14 years or so, all of them for children.  Some have been fiction and some non-fiction but most have required a lot of research.  I used to think that writing non-fiction was like writing reports in elementary school - boring.  But I was wrong because with every book I research and write I learn something new and interesting.  Now it's fun to dive in and see what facts I can discover about a new subject.  Did you know that leatherback turtle eggs hatch as males or females depending on the temperature of the sand where they incubate? Now that's interesting and something I didn't know before I researched them for my book.

     I have four grandsons and a granddaughter now who will soon be old enough to give me advice about writing books for kids.  I can't wait to find out what they think I should write next.

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