Christine McDonnell

children’s book author, educator, librarian

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An interview in Publishers Weekly, 22 August 2022: “PW spoke with McDonnell about her life’s work as a librarian and teacher, how her students influence her children’s books, and why she weaves social emotional learning topics into her books.” (interview by Patricia J. Murphy)

“This thoughtful book conveys a powerful, important message: When you listen to others, you show respect; you learn who they are and what they need.” (Book Page, starred review)

Recognition: Massachusetts Book Award Honor Book; Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice; Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of 2022; Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2022; Rise: A Feminist Book Project honoree; SLJ Fuse #8 31 Days, 31 Lists: 2022 Nonfiction Picture Books

A gentle, humorous story that has a significant message of love and acceptance.