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August 17, 2021
6.7 X 7.5 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author
Jessica Ralli is the Coordinator of Early Literacy Programs at Brooklyn Public Library where she develops and manages programming for BPL's award-winning First Five Years initiative. She received her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and previously taught in schools, childcare centers, and museums. She has written about early literacy and library services for young children in School Library Journal (where she co-authors the First Steps column with Rachel G. Payne) and has presented on play-based learning at the American Library Association Conference, Young Child Expo, and the Bank Street Center for Children's Literature. Megan Pamela Ruth Madison is a lifelong student of radical Black feminism and an early childhood educator. She holds an MS in early childhood education from Dominican University and a BA in studies in religion from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy. When she's not working on finishing up her dissertation, she works as a trainer for the Center for Racial Justice in Education, the Human Root, and the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, facilitating workshops for teachers on race, gender, and sexuality. Anne (Andy) Passchier is a non-binary illustrator from The Netherlands, currently based in the USA. They have illustrated several children's books focusing on identity and the LGBTQIA community, including Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart; Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Karen Rayne, PhD and Katherine Gonzales, MBA; Benny's True Colors by Norene Paulson; and What Are Your Words? by Katherine Locke. They also create online comics about their experiences as a non-binary person under the pseudonym Andyrogyny. Passchier lives with their two cats, loves to travel and draw, and enjoys all things spooky and Halloween.