We read books from two authors this week. I enjoy finding biographical information about the author:
- Cynthia Rylant has written hundreds of books for children.
Cynthia Rylant loves animals, and you will find many in her books. Taking walks with her dogs, she has said, helps her writing. She has been a teacher, a librarian, and a writer. When she isn't writing, Cynthia Rylant enjoys watching movies, whales, dolphins, and sea otters.
- While working in a library, Cynthia Rylant spent hours at night reading children's books. It was then that she knew she wanted to write children's books of her own.
- It took only an hour for this author to write her first published book!
2. Doreen Cronin’s books will bring out the giggles in your littles.
Doreen Cronin writes, “I was born in Queens, New York, and I grew up on Long Island with my parents, two brothers, and my sister. My father, a police officer, passed away five years ago. Despite the serious occupation, my father had an unbelievable sense of humor, and it is one of his many legacies. Now whenever someone says that Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type made them laugh, I feel like my Dad is still around making people laugh. I love it.
“I am a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and St. John’s University School of Law. Currently I work as an attorney at a Manhattan law firm where I practice in the areas of commercial and civil litigation and arbitration involving insurance, reinsurance, contracts, and torts. The attorney/children’s book author combination tends to catch people off guard. After Click, Clack, Moo was featured on National Public Radio with Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater, one of the attorneys stopped me in the hallway to tell me what he had heard on the radio. He said he
heard a very funny children’s book read on the air written by a Doreen Cronin who also happened to be an attorney. ‘Isn’t that wild?’ he asked. ‘That’s not another Doreen Cronin,’ I told him. ‘That’s me!’ I’m still not quite sure he believes me.”
Hearing giggles as I read is one of my favorite things.
Another favorite? An older brother entertaining his younger sister . . .