This Is Not a Normal Animal Book, illustrated by Brian Biggs, is Julie Segal-Walter’s first picture book. It was inspired by the Yiddish proverb “If the cat laid an egg, it would be a hen.”
Before writing for children, Segal-Walters was the president and founder of Civic Action Strategies, a grassroots consulting firm. She was also a lawyer and a Congressional lobbyist for civil rights and civil liberties. She began writing for children when her son was young.
As a kid, her favorite picture book was Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn, and her favorite novel was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, son and a cat named Lego.
Segal-Walters feels that the Noyes Library for Young Children is so important because “it is one of the few U.S. libraries dedicated to children. Further, picture books are often a child’s first window into the experiences and emotions of others. Our world could use more places like Noyes, where children are surrounded by books that build empathy, tolerance, and understanding.”
Read more about Ms. Segal-Walters at http://juliesegalwalters.com/ . Check out her book at the Noyes Library for Young Children and other Montgomery County Public Libraries.
By Beth Meyer for the April-May 2019 Make MORE Noyes Community Update
(getting to know our local authors and illustrators)