Hello - I'm Ann Stalcup, author of eighteen books and countless magazine articles for children. Welcome to my website!
Ann Stalcup - Children's Book Author and Speaker
I'm a teacher, world traveller, avid photographer and life-long lover of the arts. I grew up in a small village in wartime England, trained as a teacher, and moved to the United States when I married my American husband. Together we have spent the last fifty years travelling the globe and sharing adventures in the far-off corners of the earth.
I began to write because I wanted to share my experiences with young people and to instill in them the same sense of wonder and curiosity that I've felt throughout my life.
I've written books and articles about many of the countries I've visited; an account of my early life in war-torn England; a biography of beloved artist and friend Leo Politi, two workbooks for teachers, a picture book set in Baja, California, and just added to the list: my newest picture book: The Yellow Flower.
I also enjoy giving talks and presentations to audiences both young and old - at schools, book fairs, cultural events, and for groups and organizations.
Thank you for visiting my website. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments - I'd love to hear from you!
My Newest Book: America's Secret Weapon: Navajo Code Talkers of WWII
For a long time I was fascinated by the role that more than 300 Navajo Code Talkers played in the Pacific during World War II.
While preparing to write this book, I interviewed four of the original "talkers" in Arizona and New Mexico. I was so impressed with their courage, graciousness, and desire to share their story. For 23 years following the war, their unbroken code remained a secret. Not even their families were permitted to know the part they played in fighting the war. Now there is an increased urgency in telling the Code Talkers' story in a way that both young people and adults can understand and appreciate.
Although the facts are true, this is a fictionalized account of the Code Talkers. This inspiring story focuses for the most part on one man, but it is the experience of every code talker's dangers and triumphs. Recognition of their contribution was a long time coming.
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