In third grade, Angela Calabrese was told by one of her teachers that the holiday poem she wrote brought tears to her eyes. That’s when Angela realized a simple truth. Words were powerful. And the ability to evoke reactions from them was pretty awesome. She loved that feeling and has been experimenting with words ever since.
As a reading specialist who has taught the most struggling of readers, Angela learned as much from her students as they did from her. She watched as they persevered through challenging concepts. She appreciated their leap of faith when her unconventional teaching methods were embraced. Her great joy is watching a student devour a book and be completely captivated.
Angela remembers the day she attended her very first writer’s conference. The tremendous talent and “pay it forward” climate was palpable. Right then and there, she wanted to be a part of it.
Angela writes both picture books and middle grade novels. She thinks no one is too old to gain pleasure from a picture book. It’s the harmonious pairing of text and art. And middle grade books? They are oftentimes an adolescent kid’s life preserver. Angela loves stories that generate laughter, portray unforgettable characters, and offer kids a sense of hope.
Belonging to a quirky family has its perks. She will always have plenty of unique material to write about! Angela is married to a funny husband with a heart of gold and has two talented grown daughters. She lives in a bucolic town in the Hudson Valley where every season’s beauty takes her breath away.