Ann Malaspina is an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction books for children and teens. She writes about social justice, nature and the environment, immigrants, and amazing people in history. Here she is researching her next book at an ivory bleaching shed in Connecticut. The sun's rays, through the glass, helped to make ivory piano keys perfectly white.
A photograph of Ann's great grandmother, Lina Treadwell Gould, an avid reader who grew up on a cattle farm and attended college in the 1860's, is an inspiration for her novel about a girl who discovers a terrible injustice (see photo below) in her 19th century Connecticut town.
The poem, "Generosity," about a mango vendor in Jackson Heights, NY, where Ann used to live, appears in the latest issue of Stoneboat, a literary journal.
"Swoosh!" was published by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Based on true stories, it's about a Muslim athlete who wants to wear her hijab in a basketball tournament.
The short story "From Aleppo, Syria" appears in the April-May 2017 issue of Skipping Stones, the multicultural nonprofit magazine for children. It was inspired by the many harrowing news stories of refugee children, not just fleeing danger, but walking towards hope.
Ann's book review of Shelley Pearsall's middle grade novel The Seventh Most Important Thing