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Autumn is an educator, a writer, a reviewer of books for children and young adults, and an independent scholar of children’s literature. She holds an MA-MFA in children’s literature and writing for children from Simmons, a master‘s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied cultural psychology, and a B.A. in literature from Yale.  Her graduate studies and her practice as an educator in community settings inform her interest in children’s literature as a tool of cultural transmission and as a potential site of cultural transformation.

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I wear many hats, and most of them involve two of my favorite things: young people and books! I have worked with children and families in the Boston area for over ten years, homeschooling my own children and coordinating and teaching classes, coops, mentorships, book groups and more in various communities. 


Early on in my journey as a parent and educator, I found that sharing many “classics” of children’s literature with my children caused setbacks in their developing sense of confidence and cultural identity. I realized that the written word is every bit as powerful as images in transmitting values, beliefs, standards and norms. I learned that reading would be an essential part of how my children would learn who they are and who they can become. This sparked my interest in studying children’s literature at a deeper level, and in writing for young people. 


I still teach and homeschool, but now I also work in the wider world of children’s literature as well. Explore the rest of my site for more information about my work. 

 
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