Marian “Hannah” Carlson has won the New England Book Award for K–12 and the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for John Adams: The Voice Heard ‘Round the World. The book was set to music by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s original score and narrated by Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough on CD. Her other books include American Genius: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Great American Writers, and Yankee Doodle’s Pen.
A writer and educator, Mrs. Carlson has had a busy and varied career. As a former syndicated newspaper columnist, she wrote articles for parents about education in the home. As a public school teacher in Lexington and Brookline, Massachusetts, her programs for middle school students received special recognition from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, and others to write educational programs.
She and her husband, Steve, live in Chatham near the “turn around” of the Mayflower. They have three children and six grandchildren. During the research for this book, they learned that their youngest son married a direct descendent of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Their twelve-year-old granddaughter, Emma, an avid art student, illustrated the vignettes for this book.
Emma Wildfeuer is a California-based young illustrator. She loves art, musical theater, and exploring the outdoors with her family. In addition, she loves traveling, photography, and reading.