HI, I'M MICHELLE SUMOVICH.

I write literary fiction and narrative nonfiction picture books. I strive to craft complex and empowering lyrical stories that appeal to a child's sense of wonder, often with interiority, observation, and quiet humor.


My writing supports the development of children's autonomy, curiosity, and personal rights, because I believe in a strong foundation of emotional intelligence.


My background is in public libraries and bookstores, where I designed and led programming for young children. I also have years of experience writing lyrics and music for children and adults.


I am an active member of SCBWI and Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, where I am a 2019 scholarship recipient. I was also a finalist for the 2018 We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program. I support the work being done at WNDB because I strongly believe all children should see themselves reflected in literature.

 

I live in Portland, Oregon with a man, a child, and 44 lbs of cats.
 

 


 

HERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE:

  • The support of family and friends

  • Pacific Northwest nature walks

  • Street art

  • The smell of warm cinnamon

  • Laughter

  • Charles Darwin! Evolution! Deep time!

  • Exploring new places

  • Collecting old photographs

  • Standing up for myself and others

  • Rock music with dynamic drumming

  • Folk music with dynamic vocals

  • Nutritional yeast sprinkled on all the food, always

  • Finding joy in unexpected places

  • Halloween costumes

  • Researching big and small curiosities

  • Lyrical books, read aloud

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