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Laura A. Woollett is a Senior Editor at Curriculum Associates. In the evenings, she writes for children and young adults. Her book, Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth (Chicago Review Press, 2015), a nonfiction account of the 1944 Hartford circus fire, was the winner of the International Literacy Association’s award for intermediate nonfiction and a Eureka! Honor from the California Reading Association. Laura has a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons University and is a long-time member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and The Writer’s Loft writing community in Sherborn, MA.
In this interview, award-winning picture book author Anika Denise discusses writing for Curriculum Associates’ new reading program, equity in education, and supporting teachers. Anika’s 10th book about the life of Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno was published in November 2020.