Vermont College of Fine Arts. I was core faculty, MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. Best in the country, the world, the universe, if I do say so myself. There, I did.
Many years ago I attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education and got an M.A.T. Here's a fall '07 article featuring HGSE graduates who became children's book writers, including me.
Welcome to my web site, where recently I seem to be overdoing the exclamation points. A temporary aberration, I'm sure.
NEWS! Coming in June, 2017: a picture book biography of Pete Seeger. From Neal Porter Books, illustrated by Raul Colon. VERY EXCITED!!!! Soon I'll put up some links of Pete interest on the page for the book.
Champagne-worthy Kirkus review (thank you, Kirkus!) is going right here on my home page.
"Pete Seeger’s lifelong commitment to songwriting, singing, and activism made him a beloved figure in American music.
“Pete sang old songs, new songs, old songs with new words, and songs he made up.” Schubert intersperses her simple, graceful text with the titles of three dozen familiar songs written or made famous by Pete Seeger, demonstrating how thoroughly Seeger’s music permeates the American folk-singing tradition. Colón’s richly colored and textured full-color illustrations convey the warmth and joy Seeger demonstrated in making and sharing music. Seeger is shown singing with the Weavers and with his friend Woody Guthrie as well as with crowds large and small. The faces of his audiences and singing companions across all the years are diverse. One striking double-page spread following the account of Seeger’s 1957 citation for contempt by the House Un-American Activities Committee subtly conveys the changing landscape and struggles of the laborers Seeger championed. A highway crosses hills where people are working the fields; a large billboard in the foreground advertises a 360-acre golf course down the road. Schubert and Colón capture with affection and respect Seeger’s remarkable lifetime of speaking truth to power through music and engaging the hearts of his audiences. A biographical timeline includes a charming selection from a boyhood letter, contemplating a banjo purchase; the generous resource list includes source notes and recommended recordings.
Schubert and Colón ably demonstrate one of their book’s final assertions: “there really was nobody like Pete Seeger.” (Picture book/biography. 4-9)
How nice that you have managed to find the virtual me. Please hit a lot of buttons and explore, look at dog photos and other assorted photographs, and CHECK OUT MY BOOKS by clicking on the right-hand side of the page. I update the pages fairly often.
It is not easy to put up all these pages that are full of information about me and my books for children when I'd rather talk about you, but I do it anyway.
I live in Plainfield, Vermont, the center of the universe, where 1200 other souls and I enjoy our used bookstore, the cafe at Plainfield Hardware, a gas station-convenience store, the original Positive Pie, our beloved food coop, the Cutler Memorial Library, and the glorious Green Mountains. I've been here a long time and the traffic is getting much worse, the winters are long, and the blackflies are terrible. I tell you this to discourage you from moving here. (Underneath my hostile exterior, however, I am a very nice person.)
I write books for children and do a lot of other stuff. A good bit has to do with letting dogs in and out, but I also play music (traditional, country blues, etc.) and attempt to learn watercolor.
I am going to tell you a sad thing. Very sad. Some books go out of print. In fact, some of mine have gone out of print, and yet it seems like just yesterday that they were published. You might be able to find copies, however. I sure hope so.
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