infoabout children's book author and illustrator Mary Newell DePalma snowflake


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Click here to see A Grand Old Tree animation!

Watch me read from A Grand Old Tree and The Strange Egg on Boston's Read TV:

Read TV #27 "Agassiz Community Center"




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for info about school visits,
curriculum guides, and activities.


Read my
blog post about writing a picture book

Read my Bookpage interview!

Read my Talking Writinginterview!

When my daughter Kepley was 8 years old, she auditioned for a part in Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. I wrote about this in my book The Nutcracker Doll. More about this book, (and my daughter), here.

'Mom' by Kepley

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Original Art

Illustrations from my children's books are available for sale at these galleries:

Chemer's Gallery Tustin, CA.
View some of the work online, or call them at 714-731-5432.


I grew up in Pittsburgh PA and I have four brothers and two sisters. We had a lot of fun collecting buckeyes and digging holes in the backyard.

I've had lots of different kinds of jobs. I've knitted designer sweaters, interpreted for the deaf, painted signs, and worked as an apprentice engrosser and medical illustrator. But writing and illustrating children's books is the best.

I'm still digging holes in the backyard; I dug a pond for goldfish and water lilies here in my backyard in Boston, MA.. I have a daughter named Kepley and a husband and a son both named Alphonse.


Giclee Prints

See my flower garden



Some of my illustrations are available as giclee prints. These are high quality, affordable reproductions of my illustrations. Click here for more information.



These are my new favorite shoes!!
They come in many colors and patterns :-)
For every pair you purchase, TOMS donates an equal pair to a child in need.
Find a pair for yourself online:


shop for fun stuff!

In case you wanted a bib or a mug to go with that book...see what is available at
The Strange Egg Shop!

cowboy drawing
" Thank you!" to my son, Alphonse, for his technical help in building this website.


I like to knit mittens!


Click here to find a bookstore near you!
If they don't have my books,
they will order them for you!


sometimes I make odd objects...





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