Matt’s debut picture book "Flashlight Night" (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2017) received national critical reviews and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of 2017’s Best Books for Kids.
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During his time as a Vermont and New Hampshire radio broadcaster, Matt spent a good part of his time writing and producing commercials and comedy bits. He also wrote poetry, which was published in various national journals and anthologies including the Donald Hall tribute, "Except for Love" (Encircle, 2019). Little did he know all this short-form writing would lead to his debut picture book, "Flashlight Night" (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2017), which received numerous positive reviews including a Kirkus star, and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of 2017's Best Books for Kids. Others include "Once Upon Another Time" (Beaming Books, 2021), co-authored with Charles Ghigna; "Don’t Ask a Dinosaur" (Pow! Kids Books), co-authored with Deborah Bruss; and many more.
Meanwhile, Matt's children's poetry can be found in numerous anthologies including "The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry" and "The Poetry of US" (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015/2018), "Night Wishes" (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2020), and "Construction People" (Wordsong, 2020), as well as 'Highlights for Children' magazine.
Feel free to connect with Matt at MattForrest.com.