Helen Recorvits was born in Rhode Island and graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in education and psychology. She went on to earn a Master’s degree and also a certification in gifted and talented education. A former educator, Helen now enjoys speaking at book events and conferences.
Her first novel, GOODBYE WALTER MALINSKI(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999) was chosen as a National Council for Social Studies Notable Trade Book, and her second novel WHERE HEROES HIDE(2002) also received many fine reviews.
In 2003, her first picture book MY NAME IS YOON was published by FSG. YOON was chosen as an outstanding book of the year by the New York Is Book Country Committee, and was also named an ALA Notable Children’s Book,
an IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, and one of Child Magazine Best Books of the Year. It was cited as one of Family Magazine Best Books of the Year, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, a Booklist Editors' Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year,and one of the School Library Journal Best Books of the Year. YOON also received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award.
YOON AND THE CHRISTMAS MITTEN (2006) was also chosen as an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies book.
YOON AND THE JADE BRACELET(2008)
was chosen a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book and a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.
Helen says,"I remember my mother reading to me when I was two years old. My favorite books were Cinderella and The Pokey Little Puppy. I began writing my own stories and sharing them with my cousins when I was eight years old. When I was a teenager, I wrote a weekly column for a local newspaper."
Today Helen, mother of two grown sons, lives with her husband in the peaceful, woodsy town of Glocester, Rhode Island. Helen says, "I love reading and writing stories about interesting characters -- people trying to find their place in life, people with hope in their hearts."
Member since 1990
Region: New England: South (Connecticut/Rhode Island)
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