Randi Sonenshine grew up exploring the magical world of forests, streams, and ponds in a pair of trusty tennis shoes and a red canoe. Through her books, she hopes to nurture in young readers, writers, and thinkers an appreciation and wonder of the natural world.
Randi's debut picture book, THE NEST THAT WREN BUILT, is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and appeared on many notable lists, including the 2021 Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the year, the Chicago Public Library’s 2020 Best Informational Books for Younger Readers, and the National Aquarium's favorite conservation-themed books. She is also the author of two companion books, THE LODGE THAT BEAVER BUILT (September 2022), and THE DEN THAT OCTOPUS BUILT (Summer 2024). Her short stories and poetry have appeared in several publications, including CRICKET Magazine. She is a member of STEAMTeam Books, SCBWI, and Kidlit Collective.
In addition to writing for children, Randi is a literacy specialist and instructional coach in northwest Georgia, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and a sock-eating poodle. She does her best writing accompanied by birdsong and a good pot of Earl Grey tea.
School Visits and Workshops
Randi is an experienced educator, workshop presenter, and passionate literacy advocate. She loves to share her love for nature, writing, and books with young and old alike, either in person or through virtual visits. Her presentations and workshops are highly interactive and can be customized to fit your needs. For more information, click HERE.
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