ABOUT MARY AND RICH CHAMBERLIN
A social justice loving husband and wife writing team living in Naperville, they’ve traveled around the world in search of stories – to China, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Africa – to Kenya and Tanzania.
In keeping with their world focus, they have completed several Middle Grade Novels set in rural Illinois, renaissance Italy, Africa, and even another Planet!
In keeping with Mary’s significant experience as a Media Producer, they have taken many ScreenwritingU accredited courses and completed several feature scripts. Consequently, they have been actively marketing youth oriented Graphic Novel projects with Comic and Traditional Children’s publishers.
Their award winning picture book Mama Panya’s Pancakes:A Village Tale from Kenya (published by Barefoot Books around the world) is well suited for inclusion in Social Studies or African themed curricula. Set in Kenya, “Mama Panya’s Pancakes” is the story of a young mother with barely enough money to feed her son Adika. After pointing out “he’s one step ahead of her” – Adika invites all their friends to dinner – tonight! How will Mama be able to feed them all? This story of generosity and community recently was named a 2007 Storytelling World honoree, March 2007 Book of the Month from the Project on Economics and Children at Rutgers University [http://econkids.rutgers.edu], a Maryland Black Eyed Susan Picture Book for 2006-7, as well as the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2006 Picture Book Gold Award.
After 25 years writing (much of it as a team) we’ve been around the author block, so to speak (including our first book being orphaned, our second PB contract cancelled for financial reasons). Still, we believe that the journey, while often painful, has matured our writing process. We’re so thankful to those who have helped us improve our work, and to those who let us lighten their journey. There’s no feeling quite like periodically revisiting a completed story, and experiencing the chuckles and tears from an arms length reread. Its what keeps us going.