Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Speaker Profile - Peggy Archer


Region: KS/MO
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: No
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Peggy Archer writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for children. Her newest picture book, A HIPPY-HOPPY TOAD, won the SCBWI Work-in-Progress award for picture book text. It was released from Schwartz & Wade March 2018. 

Other picture books include NAME THAT DOG!, Puppy Poems from A to Z, Dial Books for Young Readers, FROM DAWN TO DREAMS: Poems for Busy Babies, Candlewick Press, TURKEY SURPRISE (a New York Times Bestseller), Dial Books for Young Readers, and ONE OF THE FAMILY, a Little Golden Book published by Western Publishing Company. Her board books include FIND IT AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE and FIND IT AT BEDTIME (Highlights Press 2016), and board books for Highlights' 'Let's Grow' book club for age 0-2 (2015). 

 Peggy enjoys speaking to children and adults about her books and writing. Besides writing for children, Peggy has worked as a pediatric nurse and as a school nurse. She and her husband have six children and several grandchildren. A native Hoosier from Indiana, she now lives with her husband in O'Fallon, Missouri.

Presentation Description:
When she is not writing for children, Peggy enjoys speaking to young people and adults about books and writing.  

Her presentations for students focus on writing fiction or poetry, how a book grows from an idea to finished book, or the life of an author, from reader to writer. 

Her presentations for adults focus on writing picture books, how to 'show' and not 'tell,' writing poetry for children, or the journey from reader to writer. 

Sample presentations are listed on her website at under 'Events.'  Other types of presentations can also be arranged by contacting the author. Peggy lives in O'Fallon, MO.