Works

2016

Her poetry is on the Poetry Foundation website

2015

Her work appears on the Children's Poet Laureate site

2009

NEW YEAR AT THE PIER ~ A Rosh Hashanah Story (Dial)

2005

DEAR HOUSE, GOODBYE

2002

GIRL COMING IN FOR A LANDING ~ a novel in poems (Knopf)

1995

IT'S NOT MY TURN TO LOOK FOR GRANDMA! (Knopf)

1991

THE NIGHT HORSE (Scholastic)

1989

TO RABBITTOWN (Scholastic)

1985-2016

April's poems appear in countless anthologies

Awards and Recognition

  • OUTSTANDING CREATIVE WRITING TEACHER OF THE YEAR, UCLA Extension Writers' Program
  • NEW YEAR AT THE PIER—a Rosh Hashanah story (Dial) illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch * winner of the Sydney Taylor Gold Book Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association of Jewish Libraries * starred review in Publishers Weekly * named Best Book of the Year by Tablet Magazine
  • GIRL COMING IN FOR A LANDING--a novel in poems (Knopf) illustrated by Elaine Clayton * winner of the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Best Poetry Book * winner Penn State’s Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award for Poetry * Junior Library Guild selection * Nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association (ALA) * Nominated for Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers by ALA * selected for the California Collections by California Readers
  • IT'S NOT MY TURN TO LOOK FOR GRANDMA! (Knopf) illustrated by The New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth * starred review, School Library Journal * recommended on PBS's "Storytime" * selected for the California Collections by California Readers * Library of Congress’ National Library Services for the Blind recording
  • TO RABBITTOWN (Scholastic), illustrated by Robin Spowart * Junior Library Guild selection * starred review in School Library Journal; * MommyCare's Book of the Year
  • Seven-time poetry winner from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • IT’S NOT MY TURN TO LOOK FOR GRANDMA AND OTHER STORIES ~ includes five stories, seventeen poems and a fiddle tune~ *National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Medal for Storytelling

Location

by the Beach in Los Angeles, CA

Author Contact

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Category

Fiction & Literature, Poetry, Children, Teens, Essays

agent Contact

Erzi Deak, Hen & Ink Literary Studio

publicist Contact

Katherine Quinn