“Imagine writing about Eleanor Roosevelt in 1,500 words using the reading vocabulary of seven- and eight-year-olds,” says Lucile Davis.
She can imagine it, because she’s done it. A biography of Eleanor Roosevelt was one of her first published works.
Since then, Ms. Davis has written many photo-illustrated biographies for Capstone Press, including Cesar Chavez and Malcolm X (1997); Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott (1998); and Charles Lindbergh and Florence Nightingale (1999).
Ms. Davis’s books for middle and high school students include two books for Children’s Press: Alabama (1999), part of the America the Beautiful Series, and The Mayo Brothers (1998).
Ms. Davis is also a playwright. Her children’s musical, Flora, has been produced in three states.
Reviewers admired Harriett Diller’s first picture book, Grandaddy’s Highway (Boyds Mills Press, 1993), for its “lyricism” and “quiet, down-home charm.” Her other picture books include Big Band Sound (Boyds Mills Press, 1996), The Faraway Drawer (Boyds Mills, 1996), and The Waiting Day (Simon & Schuster, 1994).
After graduating from Davidson College with a degree in English, Ms. Diller worked at a variety of jobs before deciding to pursue a career in children’s literature.
While still a student in the Institute’s Writing for Children and Teenagers course, she began submitting short stories to publishers. She has made sales to such magazines as Jack And Jill, Turtle, Straight, Story Friends, and Highlights for Children. Several of her stories have been voted Story of the Month by the Highlights staff.
Dayle Ann Dodds
The author of more than twenty books for children, Dodds has written stories about everything from cross-country racing to creative contraptions to dogs trying on clothes. Her picture books have won starred reviews in Horn Book, School Library Journal, and Kirkus, and received numerous awards and distinctions, including School Library Journal Best Books, American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, a Parenting Magazine Award of Excellence, and a Junior Library Guild Selection.
A recent title, Full House (Candlewick, 2007), is “brimming with personality,” according to Kirkus Reviews, which advises teachers to “reserve a space on their bookshelves for this one.” Teacher’s Pets (Candlewick, 2006), is described by Booklist as a “buoyant” story that is “fresh and engaging,” and Hello, Sun! (Dial Books, 2005) was praised by School Library Journal for its “catchy refrain” and “rhyming text that dances across the pages.”
Ms. Dodds’ other credits include Minnie’s Diner (Candlewick, 2004), Henry’s Amazing Machine (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004), Where’s Pup? (Dial Books, 2003), The Kettles Get New Clothes (Candlewick, 2002), Animal Wash (Walker Books, 2002), and more.
“My instructor has been an excellent teacher. I count her more as a helpful, learned friend than a strict teacher. I am very aware that she takes time with each of my assignments. She definitely knows her ‘stuff’ and is good at getting her points across.”
—Patricia A. Duffield, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
Lynda Durrant’s novels, all published by Clarion Books, have won both accolades and awards.
Echohawk was praised in Booklist as “. . . a remarkably powerful and emotionally affecting first novel . . .” Echohawk won the Young Adult Choice for the 1996 International Readers Awards, and it was selected as one of the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age.
Ms. Durrant’s next novel, The Beaded Moccasins, the Story of Mary Campbell (1998), was named a 1998 Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies by the American Library Association. It also won the 1998 Ohioana Book Award in the Juvenile Category, and was chosen as one of the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age.
Ms. Durrant’s Turtle Clan Journey (1999) was hailed as “A gripping sequel to Echohawk,” wrote the School Library Journal. Turtle Clan Journey was a Junior Literary Guild Selection.
Kirkus Reviews described her next novel, Betsy Zane, the Rose of Fort Henry (2000), as “A real winner in every sense of the word.” The Sun, the Rain, and the Appleseed, a Novel of Johnny Appleseed’s Life (2003), won an Aesop Accolade from the American Folklore Society. Her most recent book is My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier (2006).
Lynda Durrant is a member of the Northeast Ohio Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her short stories have appeared in both Jack And Jill and the Beehive.
A middle-grade historical adventure set in ninth-century Guatemala, The Well of Sacrifice (Clarion, 1999) is an “engrossing first novel,” according to Kirkus Reviews.
“Eboch crafts an exciting narrative with a richly textured depiction of ancient Mayan society . . . The novel shines not only for a faithful recreation of an unfamiliar, ancient world, but also for the introduction of a brave, likable and determined heroine.” The Well of Sacrifice was listed in the Seattle Public Library’s brochures “Grades 5 & 6 Books to Build On,” “Chicano/Latino Doorways to Culture and Tradition,” and “Read up a Storm.”
Ms. Eboch has published three nonfiction books for middle and high school students, Turkey (2003), Yemen (2003), and Life Among the Maya (2005), all of which were published by Lucent Books. Her work for children has also been published in AppleSeeds and Ladybug.
Chris Eboch has worked as an editor and writer for magazines such as International Musician and Beauty Fashion. More than 100 of her articles have been published in those and other magazines including Psychology Today, Women’s Sports and Fitness, and Grand Circle Traveler. Her articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and the SCBWI Bulletin.
Ms. Eboch taught fiction writing through New Mexico Tech’s Community College and has led dozens of workshops for children and adults at conferences and writing festivals.
Critique group partners rave about her editing skills, especially her ability to see both the large picture and the small details.
“An excellent young children’s book” and “fun all the way” is what Book World said about Trinka Enell’s picture book, Roll Over, Rosie (Clarion). The Bulletin and the Kutztown Book Review also praised this Junior Library Guild selection, calling it “a delightful story” and “highly recommended.”
Ms. Enell also writes poetry and nonfiction, and fiction for middle-grade and young adult readers. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in several children’s magazines, including Spider, Child Life, Children’s Playmate, Jack And Jill, Children’s Digest, Turtle, Children’s Magic Window, and Highlights for Children. Highlights also published seven of her stories in its Stories from Highlights anthology series. “Turtle Makes a Birthday Card,” a story for young readers that appeared in Highlights for Children, was chosen by several hundred employees at Highlights as their favorite story of the month.
“My instructor has shown me different ways to make my writing more creative. She has a very kind way of showing me my errors and the best ways to avoid them. She has been very patient and positive. Since teaching involves constructive criticism, her patience and positive attitude have been key to my learning process.”
—Hubert L. Sellers, Jr., Odum, GA
“This is an excellent, fun-filled book,” said river historian Barbara Huffman of Jill Esbaum’s picture book, Ste-e-e-e-eamboat A-Comin’! (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), “that should sustain a sense of wonder and adventure in young readers for years to come.”
In a starred review, School Library Journal said, “This salute to a bygone transportation era is sure to engage children as they, too, thrill to the sound of that once-familiar call, ‘Ste-e-e-e-eamboat a-comin!’”
Ms. Esbaum’s debut picture book, Stink Soup (FSG, 2004), sold to the first publisher to whom it was submitted. In addition to Stink Soup and Ste-e-e-e-eamboat A-Comin’!, her other picture books include Estelle Takes a Bath (Henry Holt, 2006) and To the Big Top (FSG, publishing date to be announced).
More than 45 of Ms. Esbaum’s poems, articles, and stories have appeared in magazines such as Babybug, Cricket, Cicada, Guideposts for Kids, Highlights for Children, Jack And Jill, Ladybug, Pockets, Spider, Teen, and others.
Her Highlights article, “Tackling the Trash” (April 2002), profiling river environmentalist Chad Pregracke, was voted best of the issue by the magazine’s editors, who named her Author of the Month.
Some of her articles and poems have been resold to educational publishers. While she now writes exclusively for children, her work has also been published in ByLine, Country, Country Woman, and Once Upon A Time.
Her poem, “A New View,” was included in Philomel’s 2002 anthology of humorous poetry, I Invited a Dragon to Dinner (and Other Poems to Make You Laugh Out Loud), after being chosen in a nationwide contest that Ms. Esbaum saw announced in the Institute’s Children’s Writer newsletter.
Jan Fields’ writing for children and families has appeared in such varied magazines as Boys’ Quest, Highlights, Shining Star, Crayola Kids, Ladybug, and Single-Parent Family. Her story, “Miss Fiona’s Ferret,” was a finalist in the Tessie Walden New Voices Award, and her poem, “Snowflakes,” and accompanying craft were chosen for inclusion in the Best of Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations anthology. She has also written 20 storybooks for the Family Company as part of its She’s Like Me line of collector’s dolls, as well as a series of stories for their online promotion.
Ms. Fields is also the founder of the e-zine, Kid Magazine Writers, which offers in-depth analysis of markets for both new and experienced writers. Her drive to help new writers also led to her current position as Web editor for the Institute of Children’s Literature.
For more than 10 years, Ms. Fields taught writing to adults and children at a community college in North Carolina. She currently moderates a busy Internet mailing list for children’s writers.
Both a writer and an editor, Lizann Flatt brings an extra advantage to her students.
“I look at writing with the critical eye of an editor,” she says, “and because I’m also a writer, I know how to make those editorial observations both helpful and sensitive.”
Ms. Flatt is the former editor of Chickadee magazine. During her stewardship, Chickadee won the Parents’ Choice Gold Seal Award in 1994, the Silver Seal in 1995, and 1994 Canadian Magazine of the Year.
Her writing has also won awards, including a Distinguished Achievement Award from EdPress. Ms. Flatt’s first story was published in OWL as the winning entry in a children’s short story contest. She was also named one of three winners in the 2001 Highlights for Children fiction contest.
Her writing credits include My First Nature Treasury (Owl Books, 1994; Sierra Club Books for Children, 1995), which was chosen as a starred entry in the Our Choice list by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; and Backgammon for Kids (Somerville House, 1999: Penguin Putnam, 1999).
“My instructor is excellent. She is able to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses and communicate clearly. She has a wonderful blend of inspiring comments and critical assessments. I am very happy with my progress.”
—Patricia W. Miller, Berea, KY
Sheila Wood Foard
Sheila Wood Foard’s stories, articles, essays, and poems for children and adults have sold to more than 60 publications.
Her work has appeared in TEEN, Highlights for Children, Cicada, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Wee Ones, Hopscotch for Girls, Nature Friend, Hob Nob, Missouri Conservationist for Kids, Albuquerque Journal, ByLine, and Country Home.
For young readers she has written magazine profiles of famous Americans, including scientist Rachel Carson, architect Mary Jane Colter, and artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Her biography of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (Chelsea House, 2003) targets teen readers.
Ms. Foard completed a middle-grade novel, Harvey Girl, while enrolled in the Institute’s course. It won awards in both the SouthWest Writers (SWW) and Heartland Writers Guild (HWG) contests.
Ms. Foard is also a graduate of the Institute’s courses, Writing for Magazines and Beyond the Basics. Five of her assignments from these courses sold to children’s magazines.
Louise Munro Foley
No matter what genre—mystery, adventure, or suspense—humor is the common thread that runs through all 29 of Louise Foley’s titles.
Ms. Foley’s credits include The Cat-nap Catastrophe (TOR, 1999); and My Substitute Teacher’s Gone Batty, The Bird-Brained Fiasco, and The Phoney Baloney Professor, all part of the middle-grade series The Vampire Cat (TOR, 1996).
She is also the author of Poison! Said the Cat, Blood! Said the Cat, and Thief! Said the Cat (Berkley, 1992); and The Mystery of the Sacred Stones (Bantam, 1988).
In addition to writing fiction for young readers, Ms. Foley served as editorial consultant on five grant-funded social work texts, including Stand Close to the Door, which won the National League of American Pen Women’s Gold Biennial award for editing.
Her articles have been published in The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Horn Book, Christian Science Monitor, and Lawyer’s Weekly. Ms. Foley is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Christine Ford’s debut picture book, SNOW! (HarperCollins, 1999) was called “an ode to new-fallen snow” by Publishers Weekly, and the Horn Book said that its “playful word pairs…will amuse young listeners.” SNOW! was chosen for the Chicago Public Schools Recommended Reading List, and later became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection.
Ms. Ford’s more recent titles include The Soldier’s Night Before Christmas (Random House, 2006), called a “witty parody” by Kirkus Reviews and a “lighthearted, humorous retelling” by School Library Journal; and Scout (Delacorte/Random House Children’s Books, 2006), a middle-grade novel. This bittersweet coming-of-age story about a young girl who reluctantly faces the truth about her best friend’s abusive father was called a “treasure” by School Library Journal.
Ms. Ford is a former teacher and now visits schools to present author programs for children. She also teaches picture book writing workshops for adults.
She is active with local writers and served as Chairperson of the NC/NE Texas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 2004. She served as Consultation Coordinator for the 2003 NC/NE Texas Chapter SCBWI Annual Conference, and Publicity Chair for the 2005 conference.
“I started this course as a person scared to death of putting an idea on paper. My instructor was able to mold my few good skills into a finished work….She has taken my desire to write and molded it into a skill I can use and be confident with forever.”
—Douglas E. Oliver, Overland Park, KS
Sue Ford has written for a diverse range of magazines for children and adults, selling more than 130 pieces. She has written both fiction and nonfiction for publications such as Cricket, Highlights for Children, Jack And Jill, Child Life, Ladybug, and Brio.
Ms. Ford’s writing credits also include two books, a middle-grade title called Lindsay Hits the Club (New Canaan Publishing Company, 1999) and a picture book, Things Little Kids Need to Know (Our Child Press, 2000), which was chosen as a 2000 Read, America! Collection Selection. Some of her work has also appeared in reading assessment tests. She writes for children under her maiden name, Susan Uhlig.
Ms. Ford has given numerous presentations to adults about writing, including her local regional chapter of SCBWI and other writers’ groups. For a number of years she was a regular guest speaker at the University of Washington’s Extension Program class, “Writing for Children.”
Author of 23 published children’s books and many more professional books and articles, Leila Foster has written country studies, biographies, novels, and issue books for children of various age levels.
Most of her books have been published by Children’s Press as part of its Enchantment of the World series and Cornerstones of Freedom series (1990 and 1991). More recently, she has several titles in Heineman’s Continents series.
Some of her other books include Life Among the Pagans (Capstone, 2007), Oman (Scholastic Library, 1999), Kuwait (Scholastic Library, 1998), Benjamin Franklin (Enslow, 1997), and The Story of the Persian Gulf War (Scholastic Library, 1991). Her historical novel for adults, Search for the Cross (2007), was published by Capstone.
Mary Virginia Fox
Mary Virginia Fox has published more than 40 young adult books ranging from science and history to biographies and portraits of nations.
She has written about Somalia, New Guinea, and other countries for Children’s Press. North America, South America, Australia, Costa Rica, and Columbia were released by Heinemann Library in 2001.
Her biographies of Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and other personalities and historical figures have been published by Dillon Press and others. Two of her science books, Rockets and Lasers, were published by Marshall Cavendish in 1995. Her most recent book is Scheduling the Heavens: The Story of Edmond Halley (Morgan Reynolds, 2007).
Ms. Fox’s writing credits also include stories and articles in Wee Wisdom, Playmate, Bee Hive, Teen, Jack And Jill, Humpty Dumpty, and other magazines.
Mary E. Furlong
For children’s book author and short-story writer Mary E. Furlong, the path to success is paved with memorable characters.
Favorite characters from her work include Follow the Leader’s Kiddo (Zaner-Bloser, 2004), a cuddly robot with leadership potential; Bingo, a teacup-size Chihuahua with big-dog courage in Biff and Bingo (Zaner-Bloser, 2005); and Joe Martin, a budding young cartoonist who creates his own brand of superhero in A Hero for Plunket Street (Zaner-Bloser, 2006). Real working dogs serve as the heroic central characters in her nonfiction title, Dogs That Lead the Blind (Zaner-Bloser, 2006).
Some of her other titles, also published by Zaner-Bloser, include The Best Dog in the World (2006), When the Time Comes (2006), True Friends (2006), Real Dog/Super Dog (2006), Good Friends (2005), and Home Free (2005).Ms. Furlong’s short stories have appeared in Highlights for Children, Pockets, and Shoofly, an audio magazine for children. Two of her stories, “The Flyaway Umbrella” and “The Hudson Street Gang,” were chosen for inclusion in Highlights paperback anthologies, and two others were awarded honorable mentions in the Writer’s Digest fiction writing competition. Her children’s story, “Fifteen Minutes or So,” was a top-ten entry in the Children’s Writer Pre-K Story contest and helped her become a Highlights Author of the Month.
“My instructor possesses the ability to find the strengths in my work that I wasn’t so sure about. Her encouragement is sincere, not gushy or overdone. She’s the most positive instructor I’ve ever had in any class in all my school years.”
—LorRetta Drake, Spring, TX
As former managing editor at Silver Burdett Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Nancy Furstinger was responsible for an annual list of 200 children’s books.
She worked on a variety of nonfiction books for preschool children through young adults from 1990-1996, including Our World (ecology series); Alvin Josephy’s Biography Series of American Indians; Pioneers in Change (biography series); and The American Dream (business leaders series).
Ms. Furstinger has also authored several books of her own. An animal aficionado, Nancy Furstinger ascribes to the adage “Write what you know.” Her love of animals led her to write her first book, Creative Crafts for Critters (Scholastic Book Clubs, 1999).
Since then she has written Fun Stuff to Do with Your Best Friend: The Interactive Dog Book (Doral Publishing, 2000), as well as numerous titles about various breeds of dogs and cats for Checkerboard Press (2005).
Dayle Campbell Gaetz has written 13 novels for young adults and middle-grade readers.
In addition to two historical novels, she has written an animal adventure novel, two science fiction books, and four mysteries for 9- to 12-year-old readers.
Many of her novels have been selected for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Our Choice Award. In 1998, The Golden Rose (Pacific Educational Press, 1997) was nominated for two readers’ choice awards. Mystery from History (Orca Book Publishers, 2001) was a 2001 Silver Birch Award nominee.
As part of a new series of Canadian biographies for schools, Ms. Gaetz wrote two books, Catriona Le May Doan, Fastest Woman on Ice and Birute Galdikas, Friend of the Orangutans, (Pearson Education Canada, 2004).
Her mystery series, published by Orca Book Publishers, includes Mystery from History (2001), Barkerville Gold (2004), and Alberta Alibi (2005). Her other books include Spoiled Rotten (2005) and Finding Treasure (publishing date to be announced), both titles with Orca.
Ms. Gaetz also wrote three “high-interest, low-vocabulary” novels to encourage reluctant readers. Her most recent, No Problem (Orca, 2004), is on the East Greenbush, New York, Community Library’s Quick Picks list of Recommended Reading.
Ms. Gaetz’s articles have been published in children’s magazines such as Wild Outdoor World, Curiocity for Kids, and Kidsworld.
Ms. Goldberg is the author of 60 fiction and nonfiction books that traverse a wide range of topics and levels, including beginning readers, chapter books, and hi-lo books (high interest, low reading level).
Her credits include Green Berets: The U.S. Army Special Forces (Rosen Publishing Group, 2003), named by VOYA as one of the best nonfiction books for 2003; Great Explorers: Hernando de Soto (Rosen Publishing Group, 2003); Napoleon (Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers, 2003); and Careers for Puzzle Solvers and Other Methodical Thinkers (McGraw-Hill, 2002). Perfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good? (Free Spirit, 1999) was a Parents’ Choice Approved Award Winner and a Parent Council Selection, as well as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.
In addition, Ms. Goldberg has published more than 1,000 articles for children and young adults. Publications in which her work has appeared include Parenting, Splash Magazine, and Successful Student Magazine. She has also contributed to numerous textbooks, teacher’s editions, and educational consulting projects.
“I feel the advice and guidance I’m getting from my instructor is invaluable. I’m not usually a ‘prognosticator,’ but I think I’ll look back at this time next year and feel that taking this course was the smartest move I ever made.”
—Diana Denny, Indianapolis, IN
Janet Graber’s young adult novel, Resistance (Marshall Cavendish, 2005), was praised by School Library Journal, which described the book as having “winning characterization and a compelling plot.”
Ms. Graber’s other works have evoked praise as well. “A magical and beautifully complex narrative skillfully woven into moving yet unsentimental realistic fiction . . .” were the words used by Julia Messina, Editor of Cricket Magazine, to describe Janet Graber’s story, “Thanksgiving Gumbo.” The story received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Association of Educational Publishers/Ed Press.
Janet Graber’s credits include a nonfiction book, I Couldn’t Do It Without My Group: Secrets of Starting and Running a Successful Writers’ Group (Children’s Book Insider, 1995), and a picture book, Jacob and the Polar Bears (Moon Mountain Publishing, 2002).
She has also completed a trilogy, The Crossland Chronicles, for young adult readers that is currently under consideration by publishers. Articles by Ms. Graber have appeared in School Magazine, the Newcastle Journal, London Evening Standard, and Once Upon a Time.
Ms. Graber has participated on faculty at writing seminars, and she is a regular visitor to schools where she talks to students about her enduring passion, the process of writing. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Pamela D. Greenwood
“She knows kids,” said the Wilson Library Bulletin in reviewing Pamela Greenwood’s first book, “and she respects them.”
In her first two chapter books, What About My Goldfish? (Clarion, 1993) and I Found Mouse (Clarion, 1994), both Junior Literary Guild selections, Ms. Greenwood has created characters that young children find real and likeable. Her stories have also appeared in Junior Trails, Pockets, and Highlights for Children.
Ms. Greenwood also writes nonfiction with a coauthor under the pen name Ryan Ann Hunter. Holiday House published their first four books: Cross A Bridge (1998), Into The Sky (1998), Dig A Tunnel (1999), and Take Off! (2000). Dig A Tunnel was a Parenting Magazine Book of the Year for 1999.
The coauthors’ latest books are Robots Slither (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003); Getting in the Air: A Timeline of Flight (National Geographic Society’s Children’s Books, 2003); and In Disguise: Stories of Real Women Spies (Beyond Words, 2003).
Marcia Gross, who writes under the pseudonym Tovah S. Yavin, achieved literary success when her first middle-grade manuscript, All-Star Season (Lerner/Kar-Ben, 2007), won the prestigious Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award given by the Association of Jewish Libraries. One member of the award committee described the novel as “a librarian’s dream” thanks to its popular subject matter and stellar writing.
Since the completion of that first manuscript, Ms. Gross has published numerous short stories in anthologies, including her most recent short fiction, “Why Do the Horses Stand in the Sea,” which appears in Summer Shorts (Blooming Tree Press, 2006). Her other work appears in Jewish Sports Stories for Kids (2004) and Jewish Love Stories for Kids (2002), both from Pitspopany Press.
Marcia Gross has also worked in the magazine market publishing stories and poems for children in Skipping Stones, Read America!, and Wee Ones e-magazine. She currently serves as a staff writer for Science Weekly, an educational newsletter published for grades K-6.
“My instructor’s critiques are always helpful. I respect her frankness and appreciate her comments now even more. She encourages me and relates to me on a personal level. She is patient and takes time to explain her criticism in a positive manner. I feel she is interested in my work and wants me to succeed.”
—Deborah Martin, Rossmoor, CA
Vicki Grove is the author of ten young adult and middle-grade novels, and nearly 300 short stories and articles for adults and children.
Her book, Destiny (Putnam, 2000), won the Midwest Authors Fiction Prize and was called a “grounded and valuable” story by Publishers Weekly, filled with “lyrical prose and vibrant, gracefully detailed characters” (Kirkus).
Ms. Grove has seven more novels for young people to her credit, all of which were published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. They include The Starplace (1999) and Reaching Dustin (1998), both School Library Journal Best Books; Crystal Garden (1995); Rimwalkers (1993); Fastest Friend in the West (1990); Junglerama (1989); and Good-bye, My Wishing Star (1987), the last of which won the G. P. Putnam’s Sons Fiction Prize and was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a Pick of the Lists book.
Ms. Grove’s numerous short stories and articles have appeared in a variety of publications such as Writer’s Digest, Teen, American Girl, Today’s Christian Woman, Catholic Digest, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World, and more.
After majoring in English literature in college, Pauline Guppy earned a master’s degree in teaching. She taught composition and the appreciation of literature to grades 9-12, and correspondence courses for the U.S. Armed Forces Institute; she also worked at a university.
Then, some 20 years ago, Pauline Guppy sat down to write. She sold her first stories to My Pleasure, Five/Six, and Discovery before she began to sell to Saturday Evening Post publications including Young World, Science Fiction Stories, and Child Life.
Ms. Guppy’s most recent work has appeared in Children’s Digest, Radar, Junior Trails, and Primary Treasure. She has twice been a finalist in the annual Pacific Northwest Writers Conference competition, both in the Juvenile Books category and in Articles and Short Stories for Children.
Ms. Guppy is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the National League of American Pen Women.
When she was a newlywed in a small town, Geraldine Gutfreund found scant employment, so she took to reading, which rekindled her childhood interest in writing. She’s been writing ever since.
Her credits include 5 books, 23 stories and articles, and more than 20 poems in Cricket, Hopscotch, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, St. Anthony’s Messenger, Children’s Writer, and a wide variety of other publications.
Ms. Gutfreund typically draws from her scientific knowledge of animals and their habitats and her interest in nature and the environment to develop her material. She also uses folklore.
Her books, Animals Have Cousins, Too (Franklin Watts, 1990), Nature’s Unlovables (Publications International, 1990), and Vanishing Animal Neighbors (Franklin Watts, 1993), are entertaining yet scientifically based on zoology and aimed at the middle grades.