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Publication Order of If Animals Kissed Good Night Books

If Animals Kissed Good Night (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Animals Said I Love You (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Animals Celebrated Christmas (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Animals Went to School (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Animals Gave Thanks (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Animals Tried to Be Kind (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Animals Trick-or-Treated (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows Are About (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hello Toes! Hello Feet! (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everything to Spend the Night: From A to Z (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
All By Herself (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silly Sadie, Silly Samuel (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Monkey Says Good Night (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manana, Iguana (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hop! Hop! Hop! (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiesta Fiasco (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Count on Culebra: Go from 1 to 10 in Spanish (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snail's Good Night (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tortuga in Trouble (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Word Builder (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
'Twas the Late Night of Christmas (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Loves Little Lemur? (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork (With: Michael McCurdy) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Ann Whitford Paul is a published American author of fiction, known in particular for her children’s books.

Ann attended the University of Wisconsin and then went on to attend Columbia University School of Social Work. She has always loved reading and when thinking back, she recalls always having been busy reading. She says that she loved to turn a book’s pages, remembering this being something that she enjoyed doing even before she turned one year old. She says that it is probably a sign that she would be into the written language and maybe even be interested in becoming the author of children’s books one day.

Ann would read so often when she was in elementary school that it would get her into trouble. She liked to finish a book that she was reading, sometimes more than she would want to do her homework. Whenever she thought about becoming a writer later in life when she was a child, she would be convinced that it was not possible for her because of her bad handwriting. When she wouldn’t receive good grades for the stories that she wrote, she simply assumed that it was because she was not talented enough to become a writer.

Even though she was getting down about her writing, Ann did not stop reading. However, she didn’t consider being an author of kid’s books when she was growing up, not really thinking about it during middle school years or even high school. While at Northwestern studying sociology or going on to the University of Wisconsin or even at Columbia University earning her master’s, she didn’t truly think about being a writer. Ann was employed as a social worker up until the point that she had children.

She continues to read books, but switched over to reading them to her children. She had four children with her partner, three sons and a daughter. There was always plenty to do in the house and there was always a lot of noise. Some of the kids would need different things and the home was busy and with constant things to attend to, some of them often occurring at the same time. Despite all of this going on in the house, Ann still found time to write. There would be quieter moments that came after dinner when everyone went to bed and she could spend cozy time with her husband and write books that children and adults can enjoy.

Ann has worked hard at learning the craft and it did not happen over night. She belongs to a few different book clubs (three in total) that meet once a month. So she is constantly reading and discussing books when she is not writing and then rewriting her own stories. When she isn’t busy writing or reading, she does enjoy doing other things. She loves taking walks outside for a long time or cooking recipes up in her kitchen. She also enjoys putting together puzzles, knitting, and quilting. She also loves the simple things in life and nature, like watching spiders spin webs, snails slowly move, hummingbirds hover, or hang out with her cat in the quiet and listen to her purr.

Part of what inspired her to write her own picture books was reading to her children at night. Now she has her own books published, well over a dozen, several of them winning awards. She also gets ideas for her stories from her grandchildren. She loves teaching others how they can write their own picture books too, something she’s accomplished by working teaching through UCLA Extension for a decade.

Ann loves a lot of things and has always had a love for Christmas. She also enjoys Thanksgiving and together they’re her favorite holidays because it’s always time spent with the people that she loves. Her favorite dessert is chocolate cake, while her favorite foods are homemade potato chips and pasta. Her favorite color is maroon. She also loves her pet cat Mr. Darcy and her dog Molly.

The author loves the song “I Whistle a Happy Song” from the motion picture The King and I and sings this song when she feels afraid. Her favorite book for adults is Pride and Prejudice and her favorite children’s book is The Story of Ferdinand. She loves birds and her favorite is a cardinal, although in southern California where she resides they rarely appear. She likes the movie La La Land and her favorite television show is The West Wing. This is in part due to the fact that Bradley Whitford is her brother and appeared on the show and partly due to the show’s great writing.

Ann Whitford Paul is the creator and the author of the “If Animals” series of fictional books. These are books written for kids and they are really fun! Parents will enjoy reading them to their children as they go to sleep at night. The series began in 2008 when If Animals Kissed Good Night came out. The second book in the series is titled If Animals Said I Love You and came out in 2017. There are several books in this adorable series, so check them out and see what you think!

If Animals Kissed Good Night is the first book in Ann Whitford Paul’s If Animals series. This book explores what it would be like if animals would kiss good night like humans do.

A younger girl is talking with her mom before bedtime. She wonders about the way that animal families would say good night to each other. Would a wolf and its pup kiss and howl? Would bears kiss and growl? What about other animals?

With rhyming verses and colorful, fun art, this is a cute picture book that is perfect to read to kids when they’re going to sleep.

If Animals Said I Love You is the second book in the If Animals series and the followup to the first book. What would things be like if animals were like us and if they said “I love you”?

From an ostrich to an impala to a gorilla and more, this book shows how different animals would show their love. Get a copy of this book and enjoy reading it out loud to your children!

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