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About Kate Cooombs

  • Has published three children's books as of 2011, with two more coming out in 2012. A sixth book is in the pipeline, awaiting an illustrator.

  • Has sold book projects in three genres: picture book, middle grade fiction, and poetry.

  • Has taught every grade from kindergarten through college.

  • At her last school, the principal was so impressed by a math program Kate designed that she created a special position for her: Teacher Advisor. Kate provided training and curriculum support to a staff of 85 for four years.

  • In addition to teaching public school, Kate has taught college English classes, writing classes at a homeless shelter, adult ESL classes, and children's book writing classes online.

  • Has informally advised aspiring children's book writers about their manuscripts over the years. Formed and facilitated a successful writing group in Los Angeles.

  • Active in SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). Judged a regional SCBWI Writers Day competition for middle grade fiction.

  • Worked as an editor of coffee table books and even real estate training manuals. (Children's books are a lot more fun!)

  • Participated in the invitation-only UCLA Writing Project in July 2008 and later gave school workshops for the program.

  • As an author and bibliophile, Kate writes a weekly children's book review blog, Book Aunt.

  • Now meet a few of Kate's students: The 12-year-old who just wanted to watch the Harry Potter movies instead of reading the books, but ended up reading the entire Lemony Snicket series before launching into Harry Potter, after all. The 7-year-old boy who didn't like reading, but fell in love with the Lunch Lady series and then Captain Underpants. The 17-year-old rocker dude who had ditched most of his first semester of U.S. History, but wound up wanting to vote and to visit Washington, D.C., and see all the national monuments after he completed his second semester with Kate. The 12-year-old girl who had never even written a 2-page paper, yet created a 6-page paper with examples, analysis, and interview quotations about "What Makes a Good Teacher" (her career aspiration). And many more, all of them such great kids!

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