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Kathryn Madeline Allen

Recent News

My newest book, I Am a Baby, will be released by Albert Whitman & Company in November 2016! With Rebecca Giziki’s adorable photos of real babies, I Am a Baby introduces babies and toddlers to important everyday concepts.

About My Books

I am a children’s author who writes diverse, interactive books for babies and young children about topics like nonverbal communication, manners, and love.

Show Me Happy and A Kiss Means I Love You are my most recent. With Eric Futran’s delightful photos of children communicating in many different ways, they have received wonderful reviews from School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews.

Both books have been praised as making engaging additions to library, classroom, and home collections. Parents tell me they are a part of their young children’s bedtime routines. Now available in hardcover and board book editions!


About Me

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Most of my life, I have lived in Michigan, aka The Great Lakes State, where I live now. Growing up, I spent summers by Lake Michigan playing in the sand and winters in my neighborhood near Detroit playing in the snow.

In sixth grade, my teacher Mrs. Pearson chose me to attend a young authors’ conference. There, I decided I wanted to be a writer.

Besides writing, I teach children’s literature, business communications, and writing at Oakland Community College. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, I lead writing workshop groups and talk about reading and writing with authors, teachers, librarians, and students.

Favorite books from my childhood: Madeline, Curious George, and Bedtime for Frances. Some of my favorite author-illustrators: Jerry Pinkney, Eric Carle, and Lois Ehlert.

Happy reading!

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