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Serena Gingold Allen, children's book author

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.

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 love reading mysteries and historical fiction to myself. I don’t climb trees anymore–I’ve traded that for climbing rocks. I boulder indoors at a local gym and hope to return to outdoor climbing soon.

I’m represented by Clelia Gore of Martin Literary Management.

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