Liz Cooper (me)
My friends and family consider me a "busy soul."  I'm not sure what they mean by that, but I love learning and experiencing new things.  

 I grew up in Garden City, New York.  Our family custom lighting fixture business was in  Manhattan. This was an exciting and creative place to work during my summer vacations . 

I earned a BSN (nursing) degree from Catholic University in Washington DC. and worked as an OB nurse, which was also great fun. 
 
I decided to switch careers and earned a Masters in Reading Ed. I became an elementary school teacher,  instructional resource teacher, and eventually the school system reading supervisor.  I retired after nineteen years in St. Mary's County Public Schools in Maryland.   

 Along the way, I owned and operated two specialty toy and childrens' book stores, invented a patented knitting needle product, and became a licensed and nationally board certified sleep (polysomography) technician.

Throughout my life, regardless of what else I’ve been engaged in, I have always taken the time to write stories. On a whim, I entered a contest several years ago, co- sponsored by Scholastic and Woman’s Day Magazine. François and the Tide was a top ten winner (There were five thousand entries.) This story is the first chapter in Granny’s Teeth – A Collection of Quirky Rhyming Tales, my first book. It took me several years to have the courage to take this risk. I am grateful that it was well received by critics.

I choose to write for children because I love the way they think. In addition, there aren’t enough stories featuring strong characters with disabilities who are outspoken, talented, and in control of some really funny situations. Bluebell Skinks and Mitzi Mufflin  are two such characters. These books will be available shortly.  I hope that you will check out the excerpts I posted on the individual book page for each on this website.  

More postings will appear on my blog.  Enjoy!   

   School Visits
I love visiting schools.  I can address large groups of students or visit individual classrooms.  As a former classroom teacher, I know that  your time with your students is limited, and you need to make every minute count.  I strive to turn each visit into an engaging and enjoyable  learning experience with as many curriculum connections as possible.