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Meet Anna Egan Smucker

Anna Egan Smucker was born in Steubenville, OH, but grew up in Weirton, She drew upon her childhood in Appalachia for her first book for children, No Star Nights (1989). The book illustrated with oil paintings by Steve Johnson, is a story about growing up in the steel mill town of Weirton in the 1950s.

Outside the Window, Anna's second book, was published in 1994. The rhythmic, almost lullaby-like story describes the life of a young boy getting ready for bed as seen and told by a mother bird to her babies as they nestle in for the night.

Anna's most recent book, To Keep the South Manitou Light (2005) grew from a family vacation to Michigan's Manitou passage and a visit to a lighthouse. This is her first chapter book, and it is written for 8 to 12 year-olds.

Being an author seems a natural complement to Anna's other avocations. She has worked as a children’s librarian, public school teacher, college professor, and textbook editor as well as being a published poet and children’s book author. Anna has authored, or co-authored with her husband, parts of more than 30 teacher's editions, workbooks, and student texts in the areas of reading and social studies for the Macmillan/McGraw Hill School Division and has served as a consultant for Houghton Mifflin Company's School Division.

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