ABOUT KERRY MCQUAIDE
I am a writer/illustrator in New York’s Hudson Valley. I studied in London at Chelsea School of Art and Design, graduated from Parsons School of Design, and now I serve as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Eastern New York.
I’m dyslexic, I have terrible handwriting and even worse spelling, but with the help of spellcheck, I co-moderate our SCBWI Twitter account and I have launched our READ LOCAL program—networking local authors with librarians, booksellers, and readers in our region. https://www.scbwieasternny.org/read-local
I have been a website designer, a bookkeeper, and a business consultant, but my favorite job title is “Aunt K” to five adorable nieces and nephews.
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When I was a little girl, I would pour over Shel Silverstein’s poems and drawings. The way the words and pictures worked together to tell a story blew my little mind. I could feel it–the magical power of this type of storytelling. I wanted to be able to make other people feel the way those books made me feel: seen, heard, recognized.
Stories are fun, but it’s more than that…each book a child reads is a doorway into understanding more about herself and more about the world she lives in.
I want to create those doorways—to laughter, to learning, to imagined worlds, and most importantly to connecting with each other.