About Maryann

Hi- I have been an Author and Illustrator of Children's books for over 30 years,
 publishing over 60 books for kids including these recent titles:

I love sharing my books with readers and visiting schools. 
Please visit my website for more information 
about my books or school visits or check out the School Visit link on this blog.
BIO: Maryann Cocca-Leffler of Amherst, NH, is the Author and Illustrator of over 60 books for children. Maryann’s book, Janine and Janine and the Field Day Finish were inspired by her daughter, Janine. Together they have developed a corresponding website, www.janinesparty.com with a mission to help change public perception of children with disabilities. Other books include the upcoming Growing SeasonA Homemade Together Christmas, Theo’s Mood, and Bus Route to Boston. Now a playwright, Maryann wrote a play based on her Princess KIM books. Princess K.I.M. The Musical won a National New Play Festival in 2012 and has had sold out performances on the East and West coasts. Princess K.I.M. The Musical is now represented by www.Stagerights.com, a licensing agency in LA to bring the play National.

Maryann grew up in the Boston area and attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she received a BFA in Illustration. Her very first book, Thanksgiving at the Tappleton’s written by Eileen Spinelli, was published in 1982 and was re-released in 2015 as a classic. The book closest to her heart is her book BUS ROUTE TO BOSTON which is based on her childhood in Everett, MA. When not in her studio, Maryann is traveling, visiting schools and happily meeting her readers.

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