Donna Janell Bowman


About The Teacher

Donna Janell Bowman is the author of the picture book biography Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, which earned three starred reviews, the Carter G. Woodson Award Honor from NCSS, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommendation, an ALA Notable Book designation, and it was nominated for six state awards. In April of 2018, her nonfiction picture book Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words (a Junior Library Guild Selection) released from Peachtree Publishers and will be followed in fall, 2019 by King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara—a STEAM-infused picture book biography. Donna has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she focused her critical thesis on the ins and outs of picture book biographies. Today, she enjoys teaching and mentoring writers of all ages, whether through school visits or adult classroom settings. She lives near Austin, Texas and is represented by Erin Murphy Literary Agency.


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