Children's Book Week: Bibi Belford in Homewood
Hey there, I’m Bibi Belford. Here’s what you need to know about me. I love kids. I love books. And I love writing books for kids who want to be everyday heroes and make positive changes in the world. I taught in East Aurora, IL for a boatload of years so I have a lot of real-life stories to use in my books. Now, I’m an author, educational consultant, and literacy advocate. One of my favorite author moments was reading my first book, Canned and Crushed, to my students who promised they’d read a book if I wrote one. And they did! This is my 4th year volunteering on the T-Days in a third-grade classroom at Drake Elementary School in Bronzeville. I live in Chicago and have a B.A. degree in English, and a Masters Degree in Bilingual Literacy. I’m also certified in ESL and Reading. In my free time, I read books on the beach, make quilts, and visit my grandkids. I like sunsets, snowflakes, flowers, campfires, and movies with popcorn.
Bibi Belford worked in District 131 for 35 years as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and reading interventionist. She has a BA in English and Education, and a MA in Bilingual Literacy with endorsements in ESL and Reading. She’s received two Those Who Excel Awardsfrom Illinois State Board of Education, and two Kane County Educator Awards.
She sold her first novel, Canned and Crushed to Sky Pony Press and then relocated from Batavia to the Chicago Loop. Since then she’s written—The Gift, (2016 e-book-a holiday sequel to Canned and Crushed), Crossing the Line (2017-Christopher Award Winner) and Another D for DeeDee (2018-Starred Kirkus review), all published by Sky Pony Press.
She’s incurably addicted to working with students, and now volunteers in a CPS school in Bronzeville, substitutes at Bennett Day School, and consults at various public schools while working on her next middle grade novels. Bibi’s goal is to write books to encourage kids to be everyday heroes and make positive changes in the world around them.