Penelope Anne Cole writes award winning children’s stories, picture books, plus poetry and notable short stories for adults—featured in California Writers Club branch newsletters and in “Carry the Light” Anthology from the Literary Stage of the San Mateo County Fair.
Like her cats, she’s writing creative non-fiction stories about her many lives.
She blogs and reviews books for children at www.penelopeannecole.com. She has taught and tutored at all levels: elementary, middle school, high school, and community college. She is passionate about reading to children to encourage them to read on their own and love literature. She enjoys school visits in person and on Skype.
Ms. Cole lives in Santa Clara, California, with her family and their rescued cats and dogs. She enjoys walking her dog, reading, writing, gardening, sewing, crocheting, church activities, singing in choir, cooking, and sharing time with family and friends.
Although Ms. Cole has written throughout her life, "Magical Matthew" is her first published children's book. It celebrates the magic of childhood and the milestone of 'double digits.' The early chapter Magical series will be published in Spanish. Most of Ms. Cole's books will be in Spanish, except the rhyming ones, "In and Out, All 'Round About - Opposite Friends" and "My Grandma's Pink House."
"Magical Matthew" won a 2014 Preferred Choice Award, a 2014 Seal of Excellence Award, and a 2013 Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine for Positive Learning Behaviors; a 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from NABE; and a 2013 Bronze Medal from Readers' Favorite Awards Program!
"Magical Mea," second in the Magical series won a 2014 Book of the Year Award, a 2014 Seal of Excellence, and a 2013 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine Awards Program, won a 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, plus was a Readers' Favorite Awards Program Finalist.
"Magical Mea Goes to School," third magical book, won a 2015 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award.
"Magical Max and Magical Mickey," fourth magical book won a 2016 Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine.
"Magical Max and Magical Mickey's Big Surprise," fifth book in the Magical series out in April 2016, won a Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine.
"Ten Little Tricksters," her Halloween reverse counting book, won a 2015 Gold Medal from Children's Literary Classics, a 2015 Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine, and a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from NABE, (For Pre-K, Kinder, and 1st grade.)
"What's for Dinner?" for ages 5-8, won a 2016 Seal of Excellence a Seal of Approval, and a 2016 Silver Medal from Children's Literary Classics.
"In and Out, All 'Round About - Opposite Friends," for ages 5-8, won a 2017 Gold Medal from Children's Literary Classics, 2017 Book of the Year Award and a 2016 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine.
"My Grandma's Pink House" - a nostalgic memory book of spending time with grandma in all seasons, for ages 5-8.
"Grandma and Me," a Coloring Book - a companion to "My Grandma's Pink House," for children and adults.
Ms. Cole has a B.A. in Liberal Arts, English Lit major; an M.A. in Education, and a California Teaching Credential. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the Fremont Area Writers, South Bay Writers, and SF Peninsula Writers of the California Writers Club. She is a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist with "Read America." She posts her book reviews on Amazon and on her website: http://www.penelopeannecole.com. She is on Facebook, GoodReads, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.