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Shelley Harwayne was born, raised and educated in New York City. She is proud to say that she has been affiliated with the New York City public schools for over half a century having served as a teacher, literacy staff developer, principal, and school superintendent. Since her retirement, she has been volunteering in elementary schools in and around the Big Apple. Along the way she served as the Co-Director of the Teachers College Writing Project, received the NCTE Language Arts Educator of the Year Award, established the Manhattan New School in New York City, became a consultant to school districts and professional organizations throughout the country and published several professional texts. These include Going Public, Lasting Impressions, Lifetime Guarantees, Writing through Childhood, Novel Perspectives, Messages to Ground Zero (Heinemann), Look Who’s Learning to Read (Scholastic), and her most recent Above and Beyond the Writing Workshop (Stenhouse). In addition, Shelley has published material for emergent readers including I’m Reading Now! and Sight Word Stories (both Scholastic) as well as two picture books, Jewels and What’s Cooking? (Mondo). In her spare time, Shelley loves curling up with a great novel, picking wild raspberries, hosting parties for family and friends, traveling the world with her husband, and hanging out with her five teenage grandchildren. In fact, she and her oldest grandson Ben have just collaborated on a nonfiction picture book tracing the development of snow globes.