Debra Kempf Shumaker
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I write fic­tion and non­fic­tion pic­ture books. Pic­ture books are door­ways to our big, beautiful—and some­times complicated—world and I’m a firm believ­er that there is a pic­ture book for every rea­son, every sea­son, and every age.


Look­ing for­ward to a brand new book, Wind is a Dance, illus­trat­ed by Josée Bisail­lon, com­ing from Kids Can Press in Fall 2024! See the announce­ment here. 

“A bar­rel of monkeys…”

“Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly enlight­en­ing and enthralling …”

“Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly enlight­en­ing and enthralling …”

Talk­ing about feelings …

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