Robin R. Lewis is the founder of Providence Christian School of Texas and the co-founder of West Dallas Community School, both in Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she was named Outstanding Student of the McCombs School of Business. She is devoted to enriching children's lives through classical education and the love of lifelong learning. Robin has spent her entire adult life supporting families in the joy of raising children. She and her husband Michael, live in Dallas and are the parents of four children and the grandparents of five granddaughters.
Interview with Robin Lewis
Recently, on a warm winter afternoon, I sat down with Robin Lewis in her home office. Or is this her home library? Potentially, every room in her home could be called a library. Books abound! Books decorate, books educate, books entertain, and as I learned that sunny day, books inspire.
What inspires you to write children’s books?
Books have always been a comfort for me. I was a lonely child from a broken home. In times of upheaval, reading was my salvation. Books became my friends, my treasures and still are. They gave me comfort and produced in me a thinking lifestyle. I want to encourage all children to think deeply and see themselves as readers.
What were your favorite books as a child?
I especially enjoyed biographies and historical books. I loved the Childhood of Famous Americans series and the Landmark series.
How did you have access to books?
I was taken to the Beaumont, Texas Public Library every Thursday as a child. I would check out a stack of books every time I went!
Did you ever own any books of your own?
Oh, yes. Books were given to me as gifts for my birthday and for Christmas. I have the childhood books of my mother and my father, including the entire set of Nancy Drew first editions from the 1930’s and many NC Wyeth illustrated books produced by Scribner's. I was introduced to beautiful, classic, well-written books from the onset. I had these special books as part of my personal home library then and still today.
Was it Cicero or Lewis overhead stating, "A room without books is like a body without a soul"?