Authors gain special recognition this month at the The National Writing for Children Center
The Author: Susanna (Leonard) Hill is the award-winning author of nearly a dozen books for children. Her books have been translated into French, Dutch, German, and Japanese, with one hopefully forthcoming in Korean. Susanna lives in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley with her husband, children, and two rescue dogs.
The Book: Punxsutawney Phyllis, A Book List Children’s Pick and Amelia Bloomer Project choice is a 32 page book for ages 5 and up. Phyllis is not like other groundhogs. She loves to splash in the cold river in springtime, roast in the summer sun, and tromp through the winter snow. Every kind of weather makes Phyllis happy. This year on February 2, Phyllis is excited because she can feel that an early spring is in the air. But, how will she ever get old Uncle Phil out of bed to make his official Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Day prediction? Learn more about Susanna and her books at our website below.
The Author: Michael Selden began writing short stories when he was twelve years old. Having achieved the goals he set for himself in science and technology, Michael retired from his first career to pursue his other passion, writing. In July 2013, Michael moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Woodland Park, Colorado, returning to the region where he went to high school, to write and publish books. When he is not writing, reading or staying abreast of the latest developments in the world of physics, he likes to travel and hike, cook, and ride motorcycles and meet with friends. He is learning how to fly-fish and hunt.
The Book: The Boy Who Ran is a Middle Grade novel about a Native American orphan finally attempting to find his place in the world. The story is set 6000 years ago in the mid-archaic period of North America.He was the sole survivor when his village was massacred. The boy spends his days alone in the woods feeling more of a kinship with animals than with the villagers who took him in but never really accepted him. He could run amazingly fast and in absolute silence through the densest forest without slowing. Nothing in the world was better than to run; and there was no place as special to run as the forest. No one could run like the boy, and no one but the boy knew this – it was his most important secret. Find out more about Michael Selden and his book at our website below.
The Author: Sally O. Lee earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History and then went on to study graphic design and painting. In recent years, Ms. Lee has begun to write and illustrate children’s books. Some of them deal with the struggles of living with some form of handicap…or, as the author prefers to call it, imperfection. Many of her illustrations have been published and she has earned both academic and public recognition for her important work in children’s books. Sally lives and works in Massachusetts with her rescue cat, Dominic.
The Book: Pop Pop Bam Bam is a story of an angry man who goes in to a school with a gun and hurts people. It is also a story about those who survived and how they coped. School shootings are a topic no one wants to talk about, especially with young children. Yet, they do occur, so many young children are fearful. Find out more about Sally O. Lee and her books at our website below.
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