Heather Shumaker


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Heather Shumaker writes books for children and adults. She began writing books in elementary school and is now an award-winning author of several books for adults. The Griffins of Castle Cary is her first book for children.

Before she became an author, Heather tried many jobs, including: milk maid, sailor, llama trek guide and fire crew. She also lived at the South Pole and sorted garbage and recycling in Antarctica. Heather now lives in northern Michigan with her husband and two children.

Average rating: 4.26 · 1,302 ratings · 242 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
It's OK Not to Share and Ot...

4.34 avg rating — 890 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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It's OK to Go Up the Slide:...

3.95 avg rating — 261 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
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The Griffins of Castle Cary

4.25 avg rating — 97 ratings — published 2019 — 5 editions
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“Life’s disappointments are harder to take if you don’t know any swear words.”
Heather Shumaker, It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids

“The Children’s Garden was intended as a place for children to play in the “company of children under seven years old who do not learn to read, write and cipher.”
Heather Shumaker, It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids

“phase. It lasted about three months. During this time, big and trivial events alike set him off, and instantly he’d lash out with arms, legs or teeth. My reflexes got quick. “I can’t let you hit me,” I’d say, grabbing his arm. “People are not for hitting. If you need to hit”
Heather Shumaker, It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids



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