Demas, Corinne

Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of thirty-eight books, including numerous picture books (The Perfect Tree, Saying Goodbye to Lulu, The Littlest Matryoshka, The Disappearing Island,, novels (The Road Towards Home), and a memoir (Eleven Stories High, Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town).  She is the co-author, with Artemis Roehrig, of The Grumpy Pirate,  Are Pirates Polite?Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts, Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle?, and Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? Amazing Sea Creature Facts. She is a professor Emerita of English at Mount Holyoke College and lives in Western Massachusetts and on Cape Cod.

Two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award (Saying Goodbye to Lulu), Finalist, Massachusetts Book Award, (The Disappearing Island), California Reading Association Silver Eureka Award (Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts) Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination Young Adult Services Association, ALA MassBook Awards “Must Read” YA listSociety of School Librarians International Book Awards Honor Book  (Everything I Was), Selected for “Books for the Teen Age” by The New York Public Library (If Ever I Return)  Selected by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education (starred )“Best Children’s Books for the Year”  (The Disappearing Island) and The Boy Who was Generous with Salt),   Wyoming Library Association’s Buckaroo Book Award  Winner, Best Book Award Gold Seal from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (Saying Goodbye to Lulu

3 Fun Facts

1. I have two miniature donkeys
2. Two of my picture books have a character name Nina.
3. I once found a note in a bottle that had washed up on the beach.