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Lover of books writes them, too

By JANICA LOCKHART

Staff writer

Teresa Bateman, a Brigadoon Elementary School librarian, loves children and writing books for them.

Usually she doesn’t get an immediate response from her 450 students at the Federal Way school when she writes a book, but when they check out the book on their own, it is a great experience for her, she said.

Bateman has just published “The Princesses Have a Ball” (Albert Whitman & Co., 1-800-255-7676), the tale of royal daughters who wear out their elegant shoes playing basketball, and “Hunting the Daddyosaurus,” a book that reflects, in some ways, her father. It tells the adventure of two dinosaur children looking for their father, who has just come home from work.

Bateman’s father, who stands 6-foot-4, was the inspiration for “Daddyosaurus.” She thought he was huge, she said.

The book also shows a caring and loving father. “There are few books that feature a father in a positive role,” said Bateman.

Bateman says she grew up in a home that loved books and stressed the importance of words.

“I was raised in a family that is book-happy,” she said. “We have always loved words.”

Bateman has been writing all her life, but 12 years ago she decided to take her writing more seriously. When she doesn’t write, she gets stressed, she said.

She has published many children’s books and has had her stories published in the children’s magazine, Highlights. Her story, “The Leprechaun Trap,” won the Best of Issue Award for the March 2002 issue.

Bateman says she likes to think that her writing goes beyond children, and that kids enjoy her books. She hopes that after they have heard the book read aloud, they say, “Oh! Read that again,” she said.

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