ABOUT MARY BLECKWEHL
Mary Evanson Bleckwehl has a Masters Degree in Educational Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She has taught in elementary schools in Iowa and Minnesota and has held administrative positions in higher education in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Iowa and Minnesota.
As a child growing up on a dairy farm in northeast Iowa, Bleckwehl loved school and had nightmares about not getting up in time to make the bus. She did make it to school every day and applied her literary skills to create Henry, an imaginative first grader who is in a predicament every morning as his family just can’t seem to get him to school on time. Using years of teaching experience and stories from school children she taught, Bleckwehl created her first published picture book, HENRY YOU’RE LATE AGAIN in 2011; this is a touching tale that will resonate with every child from 3 to 93, one that reminds our inner soul that there are things we just aren’t in control of.
Together with her husband, Bleckwehl has raised a daughter and two sons and lives in Northfield, Minnesota. She still spends plenty of time in schools as a visiting author/presenter and as a teacher and mentor. Bleckwehl’s second book HENRY YOU’RE HUNGRY AGAIN? reveals Henry’s next problem: he loves junk food! Bleckwehl and Brian Barber, illustrator for both Henry books, make a great duo when it comes to creating a book we can all relate to and that leaves us giggling.CLAIRE’S HAIR is Bleckwehl’s recent release. The wild and woolly haired Claire and her best friend love laughing over the fantastical things they do with Claire’s hair. When her BFF becomes ill and loses his hair, Claire gets a big hairy idea to bring back the laughter.Bleckwehl has done hundreds of presentations in schools, libraries, young writer’s conferences and other venues. Schools are her specialty as she is passionate about promoting literacy. Preschool through 8th grade. Great rates. A lasting legacy for all.
Children are awed by authors and think we are these amazing people loaded with talent. I tell them we are just ordinary people with a heart and passion for sharing stories. And then I let them know that ordinary people (including them!) can make extraordinary contributions. And that’s where the story begins…