Valerie was born in Pittsburgh, PA, grew up in Flint, MI and graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where she earned an M.A. in East European and Russian history with a minor in cultural anthropology and course work in museum practice. Her books have been published in the U.S., U.K., France, Australia, & New Zealand. In addition to writing for children, she has done research for the History Division of the State of Mich., the Detroit Historical Museum, the Cobblestone Farm in Ann Arbor and the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. She served for three years as a volunteer tutor for Washtenaw Literacy’s English as a Second Language program. She currently works as a substitute teacher for Ann Arbor Public Schools. Valerie also enjoys volunteering at the University of Michigan's Clements Library and as a docent at the University's Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Ms. Carey's books include:
HARRIET & WILLIAM & THE TERRIBLE CREATURE (named an IRA/CBC "children's book of the year"; re-issued by Create Space in December 2010);
THE DEVIL & MOTHER CRUMP (Parents' Choice Gold Award and winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for illustrations by Arnold Lobel; THE DEVIL & MOTHER CRUMP has also been published in play form in "Stories on Stage: Scripts for Reader's Theater" (1993), Aaron Shepard, ed.);
TSUGELE'S BROOM (ALA list of Notable Books, 1993);
QUAIL SONG: A PUEBLO INDIAN TALE (cited in Helbig & Perkins’ "This Land is Our Land: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children & Young Adults" as “amusing, lively...a very beautiful book”);
MAGGIE MAB & THE BOGEY BEAST (called "a graceful work of fantasy" by Publishers' Weekly, and in School Library Journal "because of the vivid colloquial language and the simple story line, this is a good choice for storytelling."
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