• I write picture books and early chapter books. 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. I am a member of the Author’s Guild as well as SCBWI.

    Before my children’s books, I wrote five professional resource books for librarians and teachers, all published by McFarland & Company, and did some freelance editing for Kehot publishers. I review children’s and young adult books for School Library Journal and have served as a judge for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. Currently, I on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

    For the past 25 years, I have been the Head of Children’s Services at the Stratford Library in Stratford, CT. The best part about my job is seeing all the new books and sharing them with kids. It’s also fun to do programs based on my favorite books.

    My website is www.Martha-Seif-Simpson.com and I am on Twitter @MarthaSimpMLS. I love to promote my books at conferences, libraries, schools and community centers.




  • In my 26 years as a children’s librarian, I have read a lot of books to kids. It’s so cool to be able to read them books I have written!