Aesop's Storytime with author Deborah Sosin
I grew up in Rye, New York, with two parents, one older brother named Donnie, and one white cat named Snezhy (“snowball” in Russian). There was often a TV, a radio or two, or a record player on (yes, I’m ancient!), sometimes all at once. On top of that, Donnie practiced piano every day. It was hard to find a quiet place. Even though I was an outspoken and extroverted child, I had a serious, reflective side too, and I cherished silence.
As an adult, I learned meditation and mindfulness and instantly loved the sense of calm and peace I experienced, which often carries into my busy days as a writer, editor, teacher, and therapist. So when I decided to write a children’s book, I wanted to show how it’s possible for children, even young children, to tune in to their breath and quiet their mind, even if the world around them is very noisy and busy.
This is my first picture book. I usually write creative nonfiction and have published essays in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Writer's Chronicle, Writer's Digest, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, on Salon, Cognoscenti, and in numerous other publications. In 2013, as part of an interdisciplinary project at Lesley University's MFA Program in Creative Writing, I studied picture-book writing and fell in love with the genre. Thanks to Rachel Neumann and the whole Parallax team for their enthusiasm and vision for the project. And to the fabulous Sara Woolley for bringing Charlotte to life!
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