Stephanie Calmenson, Children's Book Author

Guest Writer at Pat Cummings’ Children’s Book Illustration Class

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It’s always great fun being the guest writer at Pat Cummings’ Children’s Book Illustration class as she gives her students an in depth, insider’s view of the writing and publishing process.  Pat inspires!

“Anybody looking to inspire, motivate and inform students about writing for children should be lucky enough to have Stephanie visit their class....[The students]" broke out in applause at the end of class....haven't seen THAT happen in a while.”
Pat Cummings
Pat Cummings
Parsons at The New School

“Storytime With the Author” at Books of Wonder

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Cheers for Peter Glassman and the terrific staff at Books of Wonder.  Founded in 1980, Books of Wonder is New York City’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore and the city’s leading specialist in children’s literature.  I’ll join them for any event!

“Stephanie was kind enough to lead a special story time in our store for a large group of preschoolers. Her teaching background is so apparent when she gets out in front of a group of kids . She was bright, engaging, funny, and interacted with the kids in that easy way that only comes from years of working with children – those kids were hooked. Everyone had a fantastic time, and we can’t wait to have her back!”
Shay McClean, Books of Wonder
Shay McClean
Books of Wonder

Reading at the Brooke Jackman Foundation

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Stephanie Calmenson
Reading Dinner at the Panda Palace at the Brooke Jackman Read-a-thon.

I’m proud to be on the advisory board of the Brooke Jackman Foundation with Jamie Lee Curtis, Alec Baldwin, Katie Davis, Erin Jackman, Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Dr. Gay Su Pinnell and Javaka Steptoe.  The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the literacy and self-esteem of disadvantaged children and their families in and around New York City.

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A New York City Fire Marshall reads May I Pet Your Dog? at the Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon.


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No Water River

A generous resource for kids, parents, teachers and writers interested in children’s poetry and picture books.

ALA Poetry Blast @ Sylvia Vardell’s “Poetry for Children”

Poetry Blast

Sylvia Vardell’s “Poetry for Children” blog is invaluable for children’s poetry lovers.   Dr. Vardell and poet Janet Wong are the creators of the highly acclaimed Poetry Friday Anthology series.

Poetry Minute

Poetry Minute

Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt helps teachers share poetry with their students by providing poems from the beginning of September until the end of June.  I’m proud to have my poem “Shaggy Dog” included here.  Guess who the poem is about…

Drawing by Stephanie
Drawing by Stephanie

I took my handy dandy FlipCam with me to the 8th annual ALSC Poetry Blast…First up, Stephanie Calmenson.”
—Sylvia Vardell, PhD, Professor, Texas Woman’s University, School of Library & Information Studies