ABOUT MARTHA SEIF SIMPSON

  • Martha
    Kidlit Author – that’s me! My first picture book, What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day, was published by Two
    Lions in 2013. Wisdom Tales published The
    Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
    in 2014 and Esther’s Gragger: A Toyshop Tale of Purim
    in 2019. Both of my Toyshop Tales books have won awards. I am
    represented by Lynnette Novak at the Seymour Agency. She managed my newest
    picture book deal with Wisdom Tales for A Ring for a King – publication
    date TBA!

    I
    recently retired after 28 years as Head of Children’s Services at the Stratford
    Library in Stratford, CT. The best part about my job was seeing all the new
    books and sharing them with kids.

    In
    addition to writing and reading books, I love to promote Jewish literature for
    children and teens. I am currently Chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award
    committee, sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries.

    Before my
    children’s books, I wrote five professional resource books for librarians and
    teachers, all published by McFarland & Company. I reviewed children’s and
    young adult books for School Library
    Journal
    and have served as a judge for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. I
    am also member of the American Library Association and served on many
    committees, including the Newbery Award.

    I enjoy talking
    about my books at conferences, libraries, schools and community centers. You
    can contact me on my website to arrange a visit, www.Martha-Seif-Simpson.com.
    That’s also where you can read my monthly newsletter, The Simpsonian Muse.

    I’m on
    Twitter @MarthaSimpMLS and Instagram martha_kidlit­­_author. I have a Facebook page,
    too. Find me at Martha Kidlit Author and
    send me a message saying you saw my books on the SCBWI website!  

ARTIST STATEMENT

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