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Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Maryann Cocca-Leffler is an award-winning author and illustrator of over 60 books for children. A Kirkus reviewer said of Maryann; “Cocca-Leffler knows children inside and out.”


Storytime: The Belonging Tree

Cozy up for Storytime with Author Maryann Cocca-Leffler as she reads her new book about a squirrel family in a forest neighborhood who learn to embrace change and welcome everyone!

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

30 Minute Program

School Visit Program: The Story Behind The Story

Bring Author-Illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler into your classroom or homeschooling group. She'll share her process of writing and illustrating a book, from idea, to sketches to finished art, while encouraging students to write and illustrate their own stories.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

45 Minute Program

Let's Draw! Character Development

Meet some of Maryann's children book characters and create your own.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

45 Minute Program

Writing: What’s Your Story? The Route to writing “Personal Narrative”

Maryann will share her book based on her own childhood experiences. She’ll encourage young writers and storytellers to find their own stories.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

45 Minute Program

Storytime: MEET JANINE ... and get inspired!

Maryann will read both Janine Books, which encourages readers to be their spectacular selves! The character, Janine, is based on Maryann's daughter's experiences as a child with disabilities.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

45 Minute Program

Maryann Cocca-Leffler is an award-winning author and illustrator of over 60 books for children. A Kirkus reviewer said of Maryann; Cocca-Leffler knows children inside and out.”

Maryann’s inspiration comes from all around her; children, family, school visits and the people she meets along the way. Recent books include; The Belonging Tree, which celebrates diverse neighborhoods, The Power of YET (Jan 2021) inspired by the growth mindset of the same name, and Same Way Ben, loosely based on an autistic boy who has difficulty with change.

Her daughter, Janine inspired the book Janine. Together they have developed a corresponding website with a mission to help change public perception of children with disabilities. (www.JaninesParty.com). Their upcoming picture book, We Want To Go To School! A Fight for Disability Rights, releases in Fall 2021.

Also a Playwright, Maryann collaborated with a talented team and wrote a musical based on her book Princess Kim and The Lie that Grew. Princess KIM the Musical went on to win first place in a Youth Theater New Play Festival in Ohio. Since then it has had productions in NH, NJ, OH, and CA and is available for license.

Maryann grew up in the Boston area and has a BFA in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She enjoys visiting schools (both in person and virtually) to promote literacy and share her books with children. After spending 20 years residing in New Hampshire, Maryann now happily lives and works in Portland, Maine, (though her Boston accent travels with her wherever she goes.)

www.maryanncoccaleffler.com

Check out Maryann online:

Thanksgiving at the Tappletons

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Jack's Talent

The Belonging Tree

Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble

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Same Way Ben

Janine and the Field Day Finish

Growing Season

Bus Route to Boston

Mr Tanen's Ties

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Theo's Mood

Janine.

Bravery Soup