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All the time she was growing up, first in rural Ohio then, after she turned 11, in Los Angeles, California, Anna Grossnickle Hines read and drew. Sometimes she wrote, but she was shy about that and usually tore it up. Her parents and teachers encouraged her, but none of them could tell her much about how to go about making books. 

In college Annas teachers told he she had too much talent to waste on childrens books.  They said only Picasso gets away with drawing children, and she should go have a baby, get it out of [her] system and come back when she was ready to do real art. So at the end of her third year, having taken all the basic art courses, a class in Childrens Literature and another in Child Care and Management, she left school to study on her own.  She checked out stacks of books from the library and read them to the preschoolers in the day care center where she worked. She read books about writing and illustrating books for children and she experimented with printing techniques. She also started writing... poetry first, then a few picture books that she timidly shared with friends who encouraged her to keep it up. 

Over the next decade, Anna continued her writing and drawing and collected over one hundred encouraging rejection letters from various publishing companies...eighteen of them from Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow. Then on Friday, November 13, 1981, instead of sending a nice rejection letter, Ms. Hirschman called to say, Wed like to publish Taste the Raindrops. A year later she sold Come to the Meadow to Clarion, and Maybe a Band-Aid Will Help to Dutton.   Anna is fascinated by children, by how they think, what they accomplish on a daily basis, how they learn about their bodies, their language, the world around them, relationships with others...how they sort it all out and make sense of it. What is commonplace to adults is new and engaging to children and Anna enjoys putting herself in that mode. Every once in a while, she has the additional reward of hearing from a child, or parent of a child, for whom one of her books has meant something special. Then shes really glad she didnt listen to her college teachers.

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Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0899197949 9780899197944 Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti
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All by Myself by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0899192939 9780899192932 All by Myself
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I Am a Backhoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines 1582463069 9781582463063 I Am a Backhoe
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What Can You Do in the Sun? by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688160808 9780688160807 What Can You Do in the Sun?
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I Am a Tyrannosaurus by Anna Grossnickle Hines 1582464138 9781582464138 I Am a Tyrannosaurus
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Sky All Around by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0899198015 9780899198019 Sky All Around
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Taste the Raindrops by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688014224 9780688014223 Taste the Raindrops
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Gramma's Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines 193090066X 9781930900660 Gramma's Walk
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Curious George at the Baseball Game by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0618663746 9780618663743 Curious George at the Baseball Game
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Pieces: A Year in Poems & Quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688169635 9780688169633 Pieces: A Year in Poems & Quilts
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Rumble Thumble Boom! by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688109128 9780688109127 Rumble Thumble Boom!
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Its Just Me Emily by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0899194877 9780899194875 Its Just Me Emily
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Big Like Me by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688083544 9780688083540 Big Like Me
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1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0152063056 9780152063054 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe
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Dont Worry, Ill Find You by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0525442286 9780525442288 Dont Worry, Ill Find You
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My Own Big Bed by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688155995 9780688155995 My Own Big Bed
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Its Just Me, Emily by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0899198538 9780899198538 Its Just Me, Emily
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What Joe Saw by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688131239 9780688131234 What Joe Saw
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Grandma Gets Grumpy by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0395525950 9780395525951 Grandma Gets Grumpy
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Williams Turn (Rookie Readers) by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0516221779 9780516221779 Williams Turn (Rookie Readers)
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Mean Old Uncle Jack by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0395521378 9780395521373 Mean Old Uncle Jack
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Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0899193889 9780899193885 Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti
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Come to the Meadow by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0899192270 9780899192277 Come to the Meadow
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Whose Shoes? by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0152017739 9780152017736 Whose Shoes?
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What Can You Do in the Rain? by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688160778 9780688160777 What Can You Do in the Rain?
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The Greatest Picnic in the World Anna Grossnickle Hines 0395552664 9780395552667 Sudden rain almost spoils a wonderful picnic that Buddy and his mother have prepared.   The Greatest Picnic in the World
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Even If I Spill My Milk? by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0395650100 9780395650103 Even If I Spill My Milk?
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What Can You Do in the Wind? by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688160794 9780688160791 What Can You Do in the Wind?
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Boys Are Yucko! by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0590431099 9780590431095 Boys Are Yucko!
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Maybe a Band-aid Will Help: 2 by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0525441158 9780525441151 Maybe a Band-aid Will Help: 2
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What Can You Do in the Snow? by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688160786 9780688160784 What Can You Do in the Snow?
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Which Hat Is That? A Flip-the-Flap Book by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0152164774 9780152164775 Which Hat Is That? A Flip-the-Flap Book
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Remember the Butterflies by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0525446796 9780525446798 Remember the Butterflies
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Grammas Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688114814 9780688114817 Grammas Walk
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Big Like Me by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688083552 9780688083557 Big Like Me
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Miss Emmas Wild Garden Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688146929 9780688146924 Come see how things are growing   Miss Emmas Wild Garden
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Moompa, Toby, and Bomp by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0395613019 9780395613016 Moompa, Toby, and Bomp
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When the Goblins Came Knocking by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688137350 9780688137359 When the Goblins Came Knocking
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What Joe Saw Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688131247 9780688131241 What Joe Saw   What Joe Saw
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When We Married Gary Anna Grossnickle Hines 0688142761 9780688142766 Beth still remembers the daddy who went away, although her younger sibling does not, but both of them accept Gary and call him Papa.   When We Married Gary
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My Grandma is Coming to Town by Anna Grossnickle Hines 0763612375 9780763612375 My Grandma is Coming to Town
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