Doreen Rappaport is an award-winning author of 69 non-fiction books that celebrate multiculturalism, history, the lives of world leaders and the stories of those she calls ‘not-yet-celebrated.’ Librarians have praised her books for their meticulous research and varied literary styles. Her books have received critical acclaim and awards for her unique ability to combine historical facts with intimate storytelling, and for finding ‘new ways to present the lives of well-known heroes‚’ like Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and the Statue of Liberty. Young readers have told her she helped “hook them” into reading history.
WRITE IT! READ IT! REVISE IT! I DO IT, AND YOU CAN DO IT, TOO!
How do authors get ideas? Translate them into fiction or nonfiction? Plow through stumbling blocks? Deal with criticism? Using examples from her books, Doreen opens the exciting process of research, thinking, writing, and revising to children. She empowers their writing by showing them how she discovers her voice. By sharing her writing process, Ms. Rappaport encourages theirs.
Well versed in the rhythms of children and the curriculum from seven years of teaching, Doreen hand tailors programs to the needs of individual schools. Her programs include writing workshops, women’s history, African-American history, and the classic author appearance. Teacher guides on her website help prepare students for her visit.