Page McBrier is a teaching artist, writing consultant, and the author of 46 books for young readers. Her award-winning picture book, Beatrice’s Goat, is based on the true story of a young Ugandan girl who realized her dream of attending school after receiving a dairy goat from Heifer International and selling the extra milk to her neighbors to pay for school fees. The book spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, was featured on the Today Show, Oprah, and Good Morning America, and received numerous honors, including a Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award, a Children’s Africana Book Award and also a Christopher Award for a work that “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”
Ms. McBrier grew up in Indianapolis and later, St. Louis, where she received her B.A in theater and education at Principia College. Upon graduation, she moved to New York to study acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Page began her career as a teaching artist in San Francisco and Fresno, CA, leading curriculum-centered theater workshops in various elementary schools. She then moved to New York where she continued to teach theater while embarking on a career writing children’s books.
In recent years, to complement Heifer International’s expanded global education curriculum, Page has traveled to Arkansas, China, Armenia, and Lithuania to research and write picture books that focus on themes of sustainability and community development. Her recent publication, One Cow and Counting, is a commemorative picture book for Heifer International’s 70th anniversary.
For the past 18 years, Ms. McBrier has been a designated Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Department of the Arts, for whom she conducts extensive writing workshops and residencies in schools throughout the state. In addition to her teaching, Ms. McBrier has a busy writing schedule. Her new middle grade novel, Abracadabra Tut, is an exciting time travel adventure to ancient Egypt.
To find out more about Page's programs or to buy her latest books, visit her facebook page, Twitter and/or blog through her website at www.pagemcbrier.com.