Christine McDonnell

children’s book author, educator, librarian

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Christine McDonnell
Christine McDonnell

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Christine McDonnell is the author of ten books for children: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult novels. In addition to writing she worked as a children’s librarian at the New York Public Library where she was trained by Augusta Baker and learned puppetry from Pura Belpré.

In the Brookline (Mass.) Public Schools she taught grades 6-12, worked as a school librarian, and was part of the teacher training team at Facing History and Ourselves, a curriculum project focused on the Holocaust. At the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature she designed community programs in children’s books and taught graduate classes in children’s literature.

A reviewer and critic of children’s books, she has written for School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor. Her column, “New Voices, New Visions,” appeared in The Horn Book Magazine.

A graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University School of Library Service, she received an MFA from Hamline University.