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Hanukkah has begun, Christmas is around the corner, and I’m telling my students that I’ll see them next year while wishing them happy holidays and a break full of good reads. 221 more words

Leslie Zampetti

Several weeks ago I was honored to be named a finalist in this year’s Katherine Paterson Prize at Hunger Mountain. The story I submitted, DANCING GRANNIES, I wrote to celebrate four of the most amazing women I had ever known- my grandmother and her sisters. 581 more words

Middle Grade Book Length

The dormant math teacher in me is needing to click at a calculator for a minute.  Word count.  This pesky thing is really starting to irk me.  573 more words

Children's Writer

A short winter's read

While I spend much of my time giving each reader the right book, sometimes I’m given the right book at the right time. A recent class assignment on fairy tales had my daughter placing  205 more words

Leslie Zampetti

About Me

I went to school in five towns and worked in four continents. Everywhere, I made up stories. Now I put them down on paper.

My picture book, Junior Kumbhakarna, won the RivoKids Parents and Kids Choice Award 2014 for the best book by an Indian author for ages 0-5 years. 57 more words


Time for a change

I was going to ring in 2015 with an update to my blog, but patience has never been one of my virtues. “Rear in Gear” is now “Z is for Zampetti”! 127 more words

Leslie Zampetti

Lists, lists, and more lists

No, I’m not talking about Santa’s naughty and nice lists. I’m talking reading lists. These days, everyone’s got lists of the best books of 2014… 448 more words

Musings On Writing