ABOUT MARIA GIANFERRARI

  • I write
    both fiction and nonfiction picture books, usually while my faithful companion,
    Becca, snores at my feet. I love nature and animals, especially dogs!

    Most of my nonfiction picture books are about creatures in the natural world.
    I’m also fascinated by the subject of urban ecology, and the different ways in
    which wild animals have adapted to life and co-existence with humans.

    Most of my fiction picture books contain dogs as main characters, and some cats
    too! I am most intrigued by the human-animal bond, so this is a topic that I
    like to explore in my fiction.

    I am represented by the amazing Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

    My first picture book, Penny & Jelly: The School Show, illustrated by Thyra
    Heder, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July 2015. A second
    Penny & Jelly picture book will follow in spring 2016.

    In addition, three picture books are forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press. Two
    works of nonfiction: Highway Hawks, to be illustrated by Caldecott winner Brian
    Floca, and Coyote Moon, as well as a fiction picture book, Hello Goodbye Dog
    (illustrators to be announced).

    My nonfiction picture book, Terrific Tongues, will be published by Boyds Mills
    Press. An illustrator is in the process of being selected.

    Aladdin Books for Young Readers will publish Officer Katz and Houndini, to be
    illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou.

     

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    "Dear as Salt"


    Highlights for Children

    2008

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    Labrador Winter


    Highlights for Children

    2011

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    Lucy and Tina: Four Ears and a Tail

    (Article)


    Highlights for Children

    2006