Rita Gray

Selected Works

Picture Book, Fiction
One Big Rain
"The brief poems . . . are all evocative and easily grasped. Soft and refreshing."
Mama Mine, Mama Mine
"Goembel's soft, realistic illustrations reinforce the gentle mood of the text . . . a good choice for sharing at bedtime."
—School Library Journal
Easy Street
"Three-dimensional, colorful clay characters bring magic to each scene."
—School Library Journal
The Wild Little Horse
"Children will definitely fall in love with Little Horse and want to read the story over and over again."
—Kathie M. Josephs, Children's Literature 2005
Nonna's Porch
"Gray's poetic first effort is as satisfying as an ice-cold glass of lemonade and as comforting as a hug from Grandma."

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I grew up in Southern California with three younger sisters, a collie, and a lemon tree. My swimming pool gave me the chance to be a mermaid and practice my underwater screams.

When I moved north to Berkeley, I ran an after-school program where we read lots of great children's books.

I migrated east to New York City to study Psychology (BS) and Social Work (MSW), and I now work as a teacher and therapist with very young children. One of the reasons I love books is that they hold an experience for a child, one that can be visited again and again.

I am married and have two children of my own who enrich each day. We live in a small urban barn on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with two dogs and three cats.

I love all types of poetry, especially haiku, and I am the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. My stories have lots of small haiku moments, especially moments of sound. The formal name for these sounds is onomatopoeia, but I don't really like the sound of that!

I would love to visit your classroom and hear some of your favorite sounds, or write a haiku or two.