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Chris, Valerie, Faynessa, Glenda
Chris, Valerie, Faynessa, Glenda

Glenda Armand: Dedicated Author of Picture Book Biographies

Glenda Armand was born in New Orleans and grew up in Los Angeles where she attended public schools. She received degrees from Pomona College, California State University, and Azusa Pacific University. She has been a school librarian and taught grades pre-kindergarten through eight in private and public schools. As a child, Glenda loved to read and write. She wrote poems and stories about talking butterflies and elephants that hated the circus. She wrote plays on scraps of paper and recruited her younger siblings to act in them.

Glenda Armand Author and Mother

There are three books that helped shape the current focus of Glenda’s writing career: They are a dictionary, the Bible, and an autobiography. Glenda fell in love with history when she and her sister, Fay, discovered the Declaration of Independence at the back of their family’s copy of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language. Glenda and Fay made a game of reading the Declaration aloud and seeing how far they could get before stumbling over a word. Getting past “unalienable” was a major accomplishment. In spite of its multi-syllabic words, Glenda learned the story of the Declaration and of the nation that it&nbspcreated.

After many years of teaching in the primary grades, Glenda decided to teach eighth grade. In preparing to teach US History, Glenda read The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. In those pages, Glenda met Harriet Bailey, the mother of Frederick Douglass. As the mother of two, Glenda related to Harriet’s heartbreaking dilemma and could not get it out of her mind. Glenda felt Harriet’s guiding hand as she wrote Love Twelve Miles Long.

My kids when they were young, Leah and David
My kids when they were young, Leah and David

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