This is what it says about Lin Oliver on the SCBWI website. She was interviewed by Anna Olswanger:
LIN OLIVER HAS BEEN producing quality family movies, most of them based on children’s books, for over twenty years. But she began her career as a writer of educational children’s books, and out of her own personal need for a conference to train young writers, co-founded the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 1971 with Stephen Mooser. As the executive director, she personally produces the annual national conference, and together with Steve, oversees the publication of the SCBWI bimonthly bulletin, supervises the national office, and works with the regional advisors to plan and support regional activities.
Lin also co-writes Hank Zipzer, the World’s Best Underachiever series with Henry Winkler. These hilarious yet heartwarming books are based on Henry Winkler’s life. Henry Winkler is dyslexic, and had a lot of difficulty in school because of his learning challenges. He is just one of many people with dyslexia who grew up to become a very successful adult.
When Henry and Lin write a book together, Henry dictates a story to her from his memory of rich New York City experiences in school, in his neighborhood, and in his apartment building. Sometimes he writes a story longhand and Lin types it into the computer for him, correcting his spelling errors. When the rough draft is completed, Lin and Henry edit and re-write each chapter together before sending it to their editor. They revise again when their editor sends it back to them with notes for revision. They make a great team.
As a reading teacher for students with learning challenges, I was thrilled with the Hank
Zipzer series. My students related well to Hank and laughed at the predicaments he got into.
I had the pleasure of listening to Henry Winkler read one of his Hank Zipzer books on CD, Niagra Falls, or Does It? Henry was a fantastic reader. I can think of no greater way to get kids interested in reading this series than to let them listen to Henry Winkler read any one of his books.
In 2008, I had the pleasure of meeting Lin Oliver at the LA SCBWI Conference. She was warm, friendly, and humble. I’m looking forward to seeing Lin again and listening to her keynote address at our New England SCBWI conference.