Local Kid’s Author Ann Lewin-Benham

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Date & Time

Sun, Jul 31 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Address (map)

3321 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Venue (website)

Chaucer's Books

Please join us for a fun afternoon with children’s author Ann Lewin-Benham as she reads and talks about her book “Parsley: A Love Story of a Child for Puppy and Plants” on Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m.


Parsley, a story-poem. A child plants seeds, puppy always present. They wait . . . and wait Finally, sprouts appear, and gradually bushy plants. But . . . a huge surprise Planting instructions are at the end of the book. Activities are on the author’s website. Ideal for ages 3 to 8.

About the Author

Ann was born in Quincy, MA into a family of strong women and hardworking men. Her mother acted in the days of one-person theater and her father was in merchandising. She was raised in Manhattan and upstate New York, graduated cum laude​ from Bryn Mawr College, and worked for a small welfare department in rural North Carolina that took no notice of the 1960’s civil rights movement.

Spurred by her son’s birth to become an educator, Ann studied with Margaret Stephenson (d. 2003), considered one of the greatest Montessori trainers. Ann has been a Montessori teacher, teacher educator, school founder/director, and children’s museum pioneer. The Model Early Learning Center, founded and directed by Ann as a school for Head Start-eligible children in Washington, D.C., is the only school accredited by the founding educators in Reggio Emilia, the wonderful schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Ann’s first two books, Possible Schools (2006) and Powerful Children (2008), describe the MELC’s early struggle and ultimate success. The best-selling Infants and Toddlers at Work (2010) was followed by the widely-used Twelve Best Practices for Early Childhood Education (2011). With co-author Reuven Feuerstein, renowned psychologist, What Learning Looks Like (2012) shows ways to help children of all ages learn how to learn. Eight Essential Techniques for Teaching with Intention (2015) shows how to teach and manage behavior. Forewords to her books are by groundbreakers Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and “hand doc” Frank Wilson. View the whole catalog of Ann’s writings on education at Teachers College Press.





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