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For children’s book author Jeanne Birdsall, it’s not enough simply to remember her early days. When working to understand her characters, she goes further than that — casting aside adulthood rationale to reenter the feelings of childhood without a safety net. Having a safe home and lots of time to think helps, she tells us. And a few eccentric animals are always a plus. Meet the author behind the well-loved Penderwick books in this insightful talk from TEDxBeaconStreet.

Jeanne Birdsall’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages and include the award-winning and New York Times best-selling series about the Penderwick family. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband in an old and comfortable house full of unruly animals, surrounded by gardens.


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Jeanne Birdsall

Jeanne Birdsall

For children’s book author Jeanne Birdsall, it’s not enough simply to remember her early days. When working to understand her characters, she goes further than that — casting aside adulthood rationale to reenter the feelings of childhood without a safety net. Having a safe home and lots of time to think helps, she tells us. And a few eccentric animals are always a plus. Meet the author behind the well-loved Penderwick books in this insightful talk from TEDxBeaconStreet.

Jeanne Birdsall’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages and include the award-winning and New York Times best-selling series about the Penderwick family. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband in an old and comfortable house full of unruly animals, surrounded by gardens.