Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books including many picture books that explore gender and LGBTQ family issues including Mommy, Mama, and Me; Daddy, Papa, and Me; A Fire Engine for Ruthie; The Boy Who Cried Fabulous; Sparkle Boy;  and the children’s classic,  Heather Has Two Mommies which was the first picture book to portray a family with two mothers in a positive way.

Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts; the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award; the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement; the Massachusetts Book Award; and the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor award. She also received an American Library Association Stonewall for her teen novel-in-verse October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard  which explores the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder upon the world. A former Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, she currently teaches Writing for Children and Young Adults at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing program. www.lesleakids.com and www.lesleanewman.com