Maria grew up in a small town in New Hampshire near a farm, where she played hide and seek in the cornfield, slapped cow patties, drank in the scent of maple syrup clouds from the neighboring sugar house and climbed lots of trees! She doesn’t climb trees anymore, but she finds adventure writing fiction and nonfiction picture books. Her debut picture book, Penny & Jelly: The School Show, illustrated by Thyra Heder, will be published in July 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, with a second Penny & Jelly title to follow in spring 2016.
She has three picture books forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press, two works of nonfiction: Coyote Moon (winter 2016) and Highway Hawks (winter 2017) as well as a fiction picture book, Hello Goodbye Dog (fall 2016).
Aladdin Books will publish her quirky fiction picture book, Officer Katz & Houndini.
Terrific Tongues, a nonfiction concept book, will be published by Boyds Mills Press.
To learn more about Maria, please visit her website: http://mariagianferrari.com