Charlotte and the Quiet Place

By Deborah Sosin/Illustrated by Sara Woolley

I grew up in Rye, New York, with two parents, one older brother named Donnie, and one white cat named Snezhy (“snowball” in Russian). There was often a TV, a radio or two, or a record player on (yes, I’m ancient!), sometimes all at once. On top of that, Donnie practiced piano every day. It was hard to find a quiet place. Even though I was an outspoken and extroverted child, I had a serious, reflective side too, and I cherished silence.

As an adult, I learned meditation and mindfulness and instantly loved the sense of calm and peace I experienced, which often carries into my busy days as a writer, editor, teacher, and therapist. So when I decided to write a children’s book, I wanted to show how it’s possible for children, even young children, to tune in to their breath and quiet their mind, even if the world around them is very noisy and busy.

This is my first picture book. I usually write creative nonfiction and have published essays in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Writer's Chronicle, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, on Salon, and in numerous other publications. In 2013, as part of an interdisciplinary project at Lesley University's MFA Program in Creative Writing, I studied picture-book writing and fell in love with the genre. Thanks to Rachel Neumann and the whole Parallax team for their enthusiasm and vision for the project. And to the fabulous Sara Woolley for bringing Charlotte to life!

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In addition to offering school visits for kids of all ages, Debbie is available for speaking engagements and workshops on mindfulness or picture-book writing. For information, please use the Contact form.

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BIOS FOR MEDIA

Long version:

Deborah Sosin, LICSW, MFA, is a writer and clinical social worker specializing in mindfulness. A native of Rye, New York, Debbie lived in Munich, Germany, as a teenager, then graduated from White Plains (N.Y.) High School and the University of Michigan. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Writer’s Chronicle, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, on Salon and Cognoscenti, and in numerous other publications. Debbie has worked with children in various capacities—as a therapist, Montessori educator, and volunteer with the Newton (Mass.) Child Assault Prevention Program.

Since 2011, she has served as managing editor of the Lahey Health Journal of Medical Ethics. Debbie teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and offers "Write It Like It Is" groups, writing coaching, and editorial consultation. She earned her MFA from Lesley University and MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and is a member of SCBWI and NASW. A longtime meditator, Debbie holds an advanced certificate from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She lives with her two very quiet cats outside of Boston, Massachusetts. This is her first book.

Short version:

Deborah Sosin, LICSW, MFA, is a writer, GrubStreet instructor, and clinical social worker specializing in mindfulness. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Writer’s Chronicle, on Salon and Cognoscenti, and in numerous other publications. She lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with her two very quiet cats.

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For information about Debbie's writing workshops, editorial services, and clinical practice, visit www.deborahsosin.com.

Photo credit: Kevin Day Photography