Sandy began her children's book career 45 years ago as a student of Maurice Sendak at Yale. He guided her talents into the picture book genre which captivated her imagination with its unique blend of story and illustration. Although she is an international literary agent, editorial consultant, and bookseller, her passion for creating her own books remains. Her most recent publications include My Cat, Coon Cat, The Blues Go Birding
Series, and a reissue of Moon Loon. Stay tuned… The Nifty Thrifty is scheduled for Fall 2017 release (inspired by the Vail Valley Cares own local Thrifty Store).
Recently Sandy revived her work as an amateur puppeteer, introducing the Alp Arts Puppet Troupe into her event repertoire, along with music and fun book presentations. The Troupe group is growing rapidly, now with almost fifty characters clamoring to share time on the stage!
Sandy’s devotion to picture books and storytelling is best explained by a favorite quote by author/illustrator, Robert Lawson…
It is difficult, if not impossible, to know which of the myriad of children’s books will penetrate a given child’s own magic circle of existence and strike the clarion note of pure truth.
No one can possibly tell what tiny detail of a drawing or what seemingly trivial phrase in a story will be the spark that sets off a great flash in the mind of some child, and will glow for life.
andy directs Alp Arts Co., is a part-time bookseller at The BookWorm of Edwards, CO, and a member of SCBWI. Although her native Colorado mountains remain home, she travels often to her lakeside cottage in Maine. When not at work with a book, she is usually at play outside, just trying to take it all in.