4-Minute Interview with the Author of The World According to Humphrey
by Traci Swain
“I think the best part of being a writer is connecting with your readers.” —Betty G. Birney
Did you know that according to Betty G. Birney, author of The World According to Humphrey, the majority of her children’s books center on Disney themes—which ties back to her experience writing more than 200 episodes of children’s television!
Whether she’s writing for television, video games, or movies, Betty always finds herself returning to her first passion: writing books! Watch Betty’s exclusive interview with your class to discover more about:
• Betty’s advice for improving her writing—and how your students can take the same steps she did
• Betty’s first book, Teddy Bear in the Woods—which she wrote when she was seven years old!
• How Betty learned to “think and act and feel and write” like a hamster so she could best capture Humphrey’s perspective
If you liked this interview with Betty G. Birney, please share it with family, friends, and teachers on Facebook and Instagram! Plus learn more about the One Book, One School initiative, and how The World According to Humphrey can play a role in connecting virtual and in-person students of all grades!
Betty G. Birney has written episodes for numerous children’s television shows, including Madeline, Doug, and Bobby’s World, as well as after-school specials and a television movie, Mary Christmas. She has won many awards for her television work, including an Emmy, three Humanitas Prizes, and a Writers Guild of America Award. In addition to the Humphrey books, she is the author of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs and The Princess and the Peabodys.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Betty lives in Los Angeles with her husband, an actor.
Photo credit: Frank Birney