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Ann writing at computer keyboard on cluttered desk

Ann’s first 2 books, Possible Schools and Powerful Children, chronicle one preschool, the Model Early Learning Center, that successfully adapted the Reggio Approach. You can read book summaries, excerpts, and reviews on this website. One review opines that Possible Schools, is quite possibly "the best book to read first on the Reggio preschools."  Ann's articles span many topics – early education, environmental education, and cognition.

Ann's desire to write was evident as a preschooler: The end papers from her first books are covered with the irregularly-shaped letters of a child learning to wield a pencil. At age 5 she went to sleep with pencil and paper under the pillow in case she woke and needed to write down a thought. As museum director she wrote constantly – letters, proposals, program descriptions, newsletters, articles.

The question was: How do you start a book? The old joke answers: By cleaning out the refrigerator. Ann started her first book by moving from Washington, establishing a marriage and a life in a new community, directing her new city’s Leadership Institute, running her husband’s judicial campaign, seeing her beloved mother through a terminal illness, renovating a period house, becoming a visiting grandmother, then cleaning out the refrigerator. The notes in her journals and range of experiences suggest she’ll be writing well into the future.  Readers seem to like her books.

Ann sounds off in letters to the editor and op ed pieces when events trigger her ire or irony. She is particularly irked by shenanigans in politics, ill-conceived programs foisted on schools, and environmental issues.

A collection of poems for children, begun when her son Danny was a baby, awaits publication. The doggerel, which she has written all her life for special occasions, will never be published.

Three new books are in various pieces on her hard drive, and more are in her head. Frequently asked what she’s writing now, she says, “We’ll see what my editor finds worthy!”

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