writes picture books for children to share; stories celebrating families, dancing, friends, pets, and all that goes into being a kid! Her picture book NOT NORMAN : A GOLDFISH STORY (Candlewick Press), was named the Texas Institute of Letters Friends of Austin Public Library's Best Children's Book for 2005, a Children's Choice Award, and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal winner. A native of California, Kelly was born in Santa Cruz, with saltwater in her ears and the sound of the sea humming through her veins. Kelly is a graduate of the Vermont College Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. An active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the American Library Association (ALA), the Texas Library Association (TLA), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the Author's Guild, she participates in many workshops and conferences. nbsp;                    

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