Bio for Rebecca Dotlich

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Today I’m departing from my custom of posting a guest author’s bio the day before the article appears. I’m doing so because Rebecca Dotlich, who will be my guest on April 16, has asked that readers send along questions they would like to see Rebecca answer in her remarks, and I thought an early look at her background and accomplishments might help generate more questions.


Rebecca is a poet and picture book author of such titles as What is Science? A 2006 Subaru SB&F prize finalist, and Lemonade Sun, an American Booksellers “Pick of the Lists”. Her work is featured widely in poetry anthologies and textbooks. She has been a poetry advisor and contributing columnist for Creative Classroom Magazine and Teaching K-8. Rebecca served on the IRA 2008-2009 Poetry & Prose Award Committee, and has recently been appointed to both the NCTE Excellence in Poetry Award committee and the 2010 LBH Poetry Award committee sponsored by Penn State and The Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

Her latest book, Bella & Bean (Simon & Schuster) has been hailed by reviewers and bloggers as the picture book every elementary teacher should have this year. Publisher’s Weekly writes, “. . .a splendidly accessible exploration of the poetic process.” The book was recently named the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book.

Rebecca has been a poetry consultant, workshop leader and visiting speaker in classrooms, colleges, and at conferences across the country, including the UK Bluegrass Writing Project, Columbia Teachers College, Midwest Writer’s Workshop, United Way Early Readers, NYC’s Manhattan New School, Ball State University, Purdue University, IRA, NCTE and ALA, has taught as an adjunct professor at IUPUI in Indianapolis and volunteers as a committee member of Second Story, a non-profit writing project serving kids, schools and community organizations in Indianapolis, IN.

Her books have been chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection, 10 Best Books for Babies, IRA Children’s Choice, the Gold Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award, a Subaru SB&F finalist, and the Garden State Book Award Nominee, among others. Her work has been featured on PBS Kids “Reading Rainbow” and “Between the Lions.” Rebecca attended Indiana University. She lives in Indiana.

You can post your questions for Rebecca on today’s blog under comments.