As a child I didn’t have many books in my home, so I didn’t become an avid reader during my younger days. My love for picture books began as an early childhood teacher. Two of my friends opened a day care center in Richmond, Virginia. It was an innovative school where creativity was encouraged. It was then that I first read Dr Seuss books, as well as many other incredible authors. I loved reading these fabulous books aloud. I loved the rhythm, the illustrations, the luscious language, and most of all I loved the kids’ reaction. Their intent engagement, their laughter, their endless questions had me hooked. After teaching day care, I moved back to NYC, and joined the ranks as a NYC teacher. I had the experience of working in the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in America, and met some amazing kids.
I didn’t become interested in writing until I began doing research for my thesis for a Masters in education. While some dread the task of writing a thesis. I loved it. I was really sad when I completed my work. It was then I knew, writing had to become part of my life.
Since retiring from teaching, I have become a part of a wonderful community of kidlit writers on Facebook. I have joined critique groups, taken writing classes and joined SCBWI. I have written several picture books as well as a picture book biography about Miles Davis, whose music I fell in love with when I was 10 years old.
As an artist, I have always admired the colors and designs of children's book illustrations. My closets have become jammed packed with vintage picture books I’ve collected over the years. I spend my time reading, creating art, writing stories for kids or spending time with my family.
My picture book biography, MILES DAVIS FINDS HIS SOUND will be illustrated by Keith Henry Brown and published by Page Street Kids in Sring 2019.
llustration by Ruth Mary Hallock