ABOUT CINDY SOMMER

  • Cindy Sommer’s first loves were reading horse books and horseback riding. Her love for gardening developed while admiring her mother’s green thumb. She passed this love of plants on to her daughters, who are the inspiration behind her debut picture book, Saving Kate’s Flowers. Along with gardening, Cindy cultivated her writing  passion with a BA in English from SUNY Oneonta.  When her first short story about horses was accepted by a children’s magazine, she was hooked! A seed had been planted. Her move to picture books came about when she started reading hundreds of them to her two daughters. But there is a big difference between reading them, and writing them. It took hundreds of rejections, lots of classes on writing, and lots of critiques from her writer’s group before her debut book, Saving Kate’s Flowers, was published by Arbordale Publishing. Cindy is now the Treasurer of her writer’s group, LICWI, the Long Island Children’s Writers and Illustrators. She does her gardening and writing at her home on Long Island, along with her husband, two daughters, a dog, and a horse. She is available for school and library presentations on Long Island, for ages PreK-2nd grade, up to 100 students per program, but smaller groups are encouraged. See her website for details: www.cindysommer.com

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • To write that one story that stands out in a child’s mind. One that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The story that teaches a hidden lesson through an amusing tale. SCBWI gives us the power to write stronger, reach higher, to never feel alone, and never give up. It will always be there, encouraging us to succeed in the daunting world of children’s writing and illustrating. I know I never would have made it to where I am today without their support, as well as the support of my writer’s group. Always strive for the better word, and the stronger emotion. The love for your words will shine through your story and into a child’s heart, and memory, forever. 

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    reprint - Riding the Worst to be the Best


    Hopscotch

    2001

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    Story - A Whinny in the Wind


    Kids' Highway

    2001

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    story - Riding the Worst to be the Best


    Stable Kids

    1998

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    story-The Brush Bandit


    Young Rider

    2001