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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.”


Mr. Tanen's Ties! Picture books. Meet the AUTHOR

"Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble" will be featured on PBS's CampTV this summer! Meet the author & Illustrator of this popular series who will read you these award winning picture books and tell you about the inspiration behind the books.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

30 Minute Program

The Path to Publishing a Children's Book

Are you an aspiring Author or Illustrator of children's picture books? Meet with Maryann Cocca-Leffler, who has published over 70 books in her 35+ year career as a self-agented Author/Illustrator. She will share what it takes to break into the competitive world of publishing and answer your questions.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

45 Minute Program

You have the power...The Power of Yet!

Ready...Set...YET! You may not be able to do it YET--but with patience and practice you will! Author Maryann Cocca-Leffler will read her new inspirational book, and share how this book and character were developed!

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

30 Minute Program

School Visit Program: The Story Behind The Story

Meet Author-Illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler. She would be thrilled to visit your entire school or homeschooling group. She'll share her picture books and her process of writing and illustrating, from idea, to sketches to finished art, while encouraging students to write and illustrate their own stories. Entire school- No limit on classrooms.

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

30 Minute Program

MEET JANINE ... and get inspired!

Visit with Maryann Cocca-Leffler who will read both 'Janine' picture books. These books captivate the themes of inclusion and kindness while encouraging children to be their spectacular selves! The character, Janine, is based on Maryann's daughter's experiences as a child with disabilities.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

30 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 has published with most major publishers including, MacMillan, Abrams, Scholastic, Albert Whitman & Co, and Penguin RandomHouse.

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 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