Following a productive and fulfilling career as a documentary film editor for ABC News in New York, Florence Minor was fortunate to find a second and equally fulfilling career in publishing after moving with her husband Wendell to Connecticut in 1991. Her first project was co-editing a twenty-five year retrospective of Wendell’s book cover art, Wendell Minor: Art for the Written Word, while simultaneously handling the business aspects of Wendell’s busy studio. In keeping with her lifelong love of reading and writing and her interest in editing, she also began collaborating with her husband to create books that entertain, teach, and inspire children. If You Were a Penguin, their second collaboration, was the 2009 selection for Pennsylvania’s “One Book, Every Young Child” Early Literacy Initiative, and they thoroughly enjoyed traveling through Pennsylvania speaking to children in schools, libraries, head start facilities, and museums.
This past April, they returned to Pennsylvania to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the “One Book” program and once again enjoyed sharing If You Were a Penguin with a new generation of young readers.
Florence’s third collaboration with Wendell, If You Were a Panda Bear, celebrating the eight species of bears, was a Summer 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List pick and is one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2014. Florence’s upcoming book, How to Be a Bigger Bunny, illustrated by Wendell, will be published by HarperCollins in 2016. She currently has several manuscripts in progress, including one on dolphins, based on her experiences as a “trainer for a day.”
In 2013, Florence and Wendell were given the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) President’s Award for lifetime achievement in arts and letters, and in April of 2015 they were two of the honorees of the Boston Public Library’s 27th annual Literary Light, which recognizes outstanding writers from the Northeast for their inspiring work.
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