Parker, author of children's books What
Day is Today? and What
Month Is It?, developed a love for books at a very
early age. She enjoys encouraging young children to use their
was playing outdoors with her son when she conceived the idea for
writing her first book, What
Day is Today? Her son saw a butterfly and asked
"Mommy, what day is today?" When she responded "Monday"
he said, "Today is Monday, today I saw a butterfly." Although
there is no specific day devoted to a butterfly in the book (it
would be phonetically incorrect), this conversation inspired the
idea for her first book.
Month Is It? is a natural follow on to Parker's
first book. Throughout the book you travel to 12 different
states, all of which have special meaning to the author. Parker
enjoys including points of significance in her life within her
books. In fact,
it is because she was moved to pursue her dream of writing children's
books from the tragic events of 9-11-01 she incorporates "thanks"
in this book to those who work to keep the country safe and allow
everyone the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
taking coursework on emergent literacy at the University of Toledo
Parker discovered her interest in children's literature, especially
how children begin to read and assimilate language. Today she continues
the volunteer effort she began over 9 years ago reading
with children at the preschool and elementary levels.
writing children's books, Parker was a sales representative for
International Business Machines (IBM) for almost 10 years. She also spent
several years at an IBM business partner in the sales environment
and later took time off to stay home with her children.
Parker earned her B.A. degree from Michigan State University where
she met her husband, Phil. They have two children, Tyler and Paige.
Parker and her family currently live in Coralville, Iowa where her
husband coaches football at the University of Iowa. She is
a native of Michigan and has also lived in Ohio.