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Children's Author

A Symphony of Cowbells


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Heather Preusser earned a BA in English and art history from Williams College, an MA in education from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She is currently working on several picture books and novels for young readers. When not writing, Heather teaches high school English, bikes the European countryside, and attempts to learn ridiculously long German words. She and her husband reside in Colorado.

Heather is a member of Picture the Books, a group of writers and illustrators with picture books debuting in 2017, and is available for school and library visits. Please contact her here.

For Educators & Families

Click here and here for PDF versions of four activity pages you can use in the classroom.

Want to know more about Gimmelwald, Switzerland? Check out this short clip from "Rick Steves' Europe: Best of the Alps."

Want to know more about the cheese-making process? Check out this short clip from "Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region: Best of the Alps" with Rick Steves.


Videos are compliments of YouTube and not created for the intent of promoting A Symphony of Cowbells.

Click here to learn more about the Almabtrieb, when the herdsmen bring the cows home.

For Writers

While working towards my MFA, I read Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! This insider’s guide to screenwriting was eye-opening, especially the chapter where Snyder defines the 15 different beats of successful movies. Could this apply to picture books? I wondered. To test it, I pulled some of my new favorites off my bookshelf:

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko & Tim Miller

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz


Heather is the featured author in Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Challenge in April 2017.

Upcoming Events

Feb 03, 2018


Storytime at The Bookworm of Edwards

295 Main St, Edwards, CO 81632

Feb 07, 2018

Presenter at the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association, Denver, CO

4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237

Feb 11, 2018

Presenter at WriteOnCon

Mar 17, 2018


Denver Children's Festival of Stories

144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202

May 01, 2018


Happier Hour Storytime at the BookBar

4280 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

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