You can contact me at kristydempseybooks @ gmail.com
I am a Middle School/High School/ Advanced Placement Language and Composition English Teacher and former Preschool-12th grade librarian at The American School of Belo Horizonte in Brazil, an International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP school. I believe in the power of story to help us understand ourselves and the world around us.
I am also the author of ME WITH YOU (Philomel), MINI RACER (Bloomsbury) and SURFER CHICK (Abrams), as well as the recent A DANCE LIKE STARLIGHT (Philomel). Four more books will publish in 2016: Superhero Instruction Manual; Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands; A Hop is Up; and Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet. See the “My Books” page for more information.
Where were you born? Where have you lived?
I was born in Lake City, South Carolina. We soon moved to Gastonia, North Carolina. And after that to Statesville, NC. And after that to Elizabethton, TN where I started first grade at Happy Valley Elementary School. But in fourth grade, we moved to Greenville, SC, where I eventually graduated from high school (Travelers Rest High School) and university (Furman University). I then moved to Carrollton, Georgia until I moved to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where I have lived since 1998.
What are your hobbies?
I like writing, exercising, and doing any kinds of arts and crafts. I don’t consider myself an artist but if you read my blog, you will occasionally see my limited artistic efforts. Some day I want to take a painting class. And a drawing class. And a mixed media collage class.
Who are your favorite writers?
I love books by Kate Dicamillo, Barbara O’Connor, Linda Urban and Richard Peck, among many others. My favorite poets are Mary Oliver, Mary O’Neill, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Mary Ann Hoberman, Joyce Sidman and Marilyn Nelson, along with many, many, many others. My first favorite and still one of my most favorite poets was Carl Sandburg. (I love poetry!)
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