Although she won major book awards, the Newbery Medal, National Book Award, the Edgar, and others, to us she was “Mom”. She loved us, cared for us, encouraged us and sacrificed for us. She taught us to sew, helped with homework projects, and let us have lots of pets.
Our mother, Betsy Byars, also passed on to us a love of reading and writing. In our early years she read to us; in our elementary years she sought our opinions on manuscripts and now in our adults years we don’t share a meal where the discussion doesn’t turn to books. In fact, our first collaborative book with Mom was born over a BBQ dinner where we spent the evening talking about books while sucking sauce off our fingers – a great night indeed.
We have been blessed with a dynamic and energetic, yet sensitive and thoughtful mother who has given us much. Today we thank God for our mother.
Laurie and Betsy