Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's memories inspire her "Alice" books
Every Alice book begins with author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s own memories of what it was like to be a girl of that age. Naylor remembers every embarrassing thing that ever happened to her — and many of those anecdotes live on through Alice.
Naylor writes primarily for children and young adults — although she has published several books for adults, including How I Came to Be a Writer, a wry and very personal look at the ups and downs of one writer’s life. Naylor is perhaps best known as the author of Shiloh, a story about a West Virginia boy and an abused dog. The book won the Newbery Medal in 1991 and has been discovered — and cherished — by new generations of young readers.