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 Bobbi Miller: Folktales Are Endangered!

Big River's Daughter Book Cover

Folklore is endangered: should you care? Yes! says author Bobbi Miller, and she explains why during this behind-the-scenes look at tales that reflect the unique history of the United States. An author, a story collector, a storyteller, and a writer who teaches writing, Bobbi's earned five college degrees, including an MA in chilldren's literature from Simmons College and an MFA in children's writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level college composition classes and, occasionally, a folklore survey course.

In 2010 the Bank Street College of Education included Bobbi's first two picture books, One Fine Trade and Davy Crockett Gits Hitched in its List of the Best Children's Books of the Year. The National Council for Social Studies and the Children's Book Council have selected her third picture book, Miss Sallly Ann and the Panther, for inclusion in the 2013 List of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Holiday House will release Bobbi's rambunctious middle-grade novel, Big River's Daughter, in April 2013.

Why do folktales matter? Tune in to find out!