Martin Waddell is one of my very favorite children’s book authors. Here is my letter to him. 

Dear Mr. Waddell, 

I wanted to write you to thank you for your stories–for all the wonderful and lovely books you have written for children that have touched the heart and been an inspiration to this grown woman. Lucky for me I have a daughter who loves book and it has been one of my greatest joys as a parent to read to her every day since she was a wee one (she’s now 9). Some of my very favorite reading memories with my daughter having been reading your books. I am so in love with The Little Bear series, but I have also loved Tom Rabbit, Hi Harry, Owl Babies, The Hidden House, etc. You have been able to share whimsy, wonder, merriment, melancholy, and all things sweet and beautiful about childhood. Thank you for expanding our world. 

Best, Alison Coffey