Chatty T isn’t her real name, Tracy is, but when she was a little girl, she was told numerous times that she looked like the Chatty Cathy Doll, and so the nickname stuck. Chatty T it is! Growing up, most often she could be found wondering over to the book section, poking her nose in and out of the most fabulous picture books. As a high school girl, she never ever, not even once skipped her creative writing class; it was her very favorite! And as a new mom, her son’s nursery may have contained more picture books than diapers. But, it wasn’t until college that she realized that writing was a part of her, a very important part of her. The words she wrote on an essay moved her Art History professor so much, and that moment had a huge impact on her life. Words move people, stir emotions, educate, and change lives, and she wanted to be a part of that.
She’s spent twenty years as a Reading Specialist, teaching reading and writing to children and young adults. Fifteen of those years were joyfully spent instructing the little ones how to read and instilling the love of the written word through the magic of picture books. But lately, she educates young middle school minds in all that is language arts-related and other particularly pressing matters that are entertained in the mind of a terrific tween. And, yes, she uses picture books in her middle school classroom too!
Chatty T resides in New Jersey, yes; she’s a “Jersey Girl,” home of sweet corn, ripe, red tomatoes and beautiful beaches. Her home is filled with books, an adorable dog named Jackson, a crazy – in a sweet way- cat named Ells and her talented son, Joseph. She loves sharing her story ideas with her dog, Jack. He always gives her an approving head tilt, tail wag and an arf – arf. She is a proud member of SCBWI and she looks forward to picture book review groups. Twitter parties are pretty cool and she enjoys participating as often as she can. Critique partners and mentors can be your best friends forever. Stop by for a visit; you can connect with me on Twitter @chattytcp5, Word Press at www.chattytcp.wordpress.com and on Face Book at Chatty Tcp.