Jon Scieszka sees himself simply as an author supplying the material needed by teachers and librarians "who go to work everyday” to inspire their students and other young people to read.
"My job's easy," Scieszka said. "I just sit in my office and write, but they're the ones in the trenches motivating kids to want to be readers."
Scieszka is the author of the acclaimed The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He was on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus this week to receive the top honor given at the annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, the Southern Miss Medallion.