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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.
For Educators & Families
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.
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Click here to learn more about the Almabtrieb, when the herdsmen bring the cows home.
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