The short, professional bio:
Serena Gingold Allen is the author Nighttime Boogie and Morning Romp (Chronicle Books, 2021), both novelty board books about wild animals. Growing up outside of Yosemite, Serena had many close encounters with wildlife. Most notably, she chased a 300 pound black bear out of a campsite–alone! She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but she still spends a lot of time hiking and climbing in the great outdoors with her husband and their young son.
The longer, chatty bio:
I grew up in a small town in the Sierra foothills, just outside of Yosemite National Park. I spent a great deal of my childhood reading, writing, and climbing trees. I was unschooled until high school, so I had plenty of time for these pursuits, as well as many others. My brother and I founded a monthly newsletter (“Homeschoolers for Peace and Justice”) in which we wrote research articles along with other homeschooled contributors across the country. I also wrote a lot of fictional stories and dreamed of writing children’s books when I grew up.
After attending University of California Santa Cruz for a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, I earned a teaching credential from California State University Monterey Bay. Somewhat ironically, I became an elementary school teacher. I later obtained a master’s degree in education from San Jose State University with a research project detailing the benefits of daily Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) for K-5 students. For ten years I taught K-3 and I was lucky enough to get to read picture books aloud to eager children every day.
In 2014, I retired from teaching to pursue my writing career full time. In addition to my writing, my husband and I are raising our son. My days are split between writing and chasing after a toddler.
So these days, I read aloud to only one child a day. He adores books and being read to and I love talking to him about his favorite books. I also still love reading to myself: particularly mysteries and historical fiction. I don’t climb trees anymore–I’ve traded that for climbing rocks. I boulder (climb short rocks that don’t require use of a rope) whenever I can with my husband and our son.
Please contact me with any questions/comments. You can also email me directly at: serenagingoldallen_AT_yahoo_DOT_com