Susan Lupone Stonis has been a bookworm as long as she can remember and is passionate about the power of reading aloud to children. She has shared her love of reading and books with others in each of the roles she has played so far in her lifetime, as mother, elementary teacher, literacy coach, staff developer, blogger, and now author/illustrator.
Susan taught elementary school for 18 years and, following extensive postgraduate work through Lesley University’s Literacy Collaborative, she became a literacy specialist, teaching reading and writing workshops to children and providing professional development to teachers in literacy instruction. She was also trained through the Lesley University Literacy Collaborative Coaching Academy, a small cohort of educational professionals led by nationally renowned literacy expert Dr. Irene Fountas. She has now become a literacy consultant, coaching teachers in best practices in reading and writing instruction.
A mom of three and stepmom of two, Susan lives by the sea in Scituate, Massachusetts, with her husband Jon and their dog Apollo. She looks forward to collaborating with Jacqueline on their next project, a Belly Book made just for Daddies-to-be!
“When we were kids it was crafts, drawing, songs, and poems,” Susan says. “Now as grownups we continue to have so much fun making things. Actually, our Belly Book is a grown-up version of what we’ve been doing together our whole lives.”
Jacqueline Boyle is a writer, illustrator, book editor and copyeditor. Reading has always been one of her greatest joys, especially the English and Russian classics. It’s no wonder she wants to pass this love along to coming generations through the magic of in utero reading!
Jacqueline is a lifelong writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She has a bachelor’s in English from Boston College and has participated in writing workshops at Grub Street Writers, Inc. in Boston, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., and the Chatham (Mass.) Writers’ Workshops.
In visual art, Jacqueline is crazy about paper of all kinds, and transforming it into mosaics and collage. She also works in oil painting and drawing, which allow her to express her love for nature and the beautiful seacoast and woods around her home in Gloucester, Mass. See what she’s up to on her personal blog!