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Sarah Sommer is an award-winning children's picture book author who blends her love for animals, music, and positivity in her books. Having trained in classical music and performed internationally as a professional clarinetist, rhymes and lyrics are an important part of her writing style.
While she works as an accountant by day, Sarah enjoys expressing her creativity through her writing. All of her books feature positive themes such as helping others and being yourself, while also working to empower and employ women. She aims to entertain both children and adults with her stories.
Sarah is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and the Manhattan School of Music. She is also a longtime vegetarian, and yes, she does still play her clarinet and saxophone. Her love of animals comes from her compassion toward them, which is evident in her volunteer work fostering German shepherd dogs.
Released in October 2021 from publisher Mascot Books is My Cat Is Blue, a children's picture book by Sarah Sommer that addresses sadness, loss, family, and pets. One little girl wants so badly to help her "blue" cat out of his sad funk, but she realizes she might not have the cure and even develops a case of the "blues" herself. As the story evolves, the reader goes on an illustrative journey as the art transitions from grayscale to full color.
*Gold-medal winner in the Mom's Choice Awards*
The Goose on the Roof (1st place winner in the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards) features a humorous lineup of animals all trying to help a little girl with a honking goose problem. Despite their best intentions, these critters end up getting into silly predicaments of their own.
Animals at the Office (honorable mention in 3 categories in the 2021 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards) is a laugh for both children and adults as it plays on typical personalities one might encounter in a new social setting, such as at school or in the office. The book follows Gator's struggle to fit in as he starts his new journey and tries to act like everyone else instead of being true to himself.
"The Goose on the Roof is a clever, rhyming picture book with a colorful cast of characters, lots of laugh-out-loud scenes and a wealth of conversation starters. This is a fun book to read and discuss over and over again." -Writer with Wanderlust
“This hardcover children’s picture book is SO MUCH FUN! It put a small on my face, and I immediately called a friend and read it to her and had her laughing!” -Reading is My Passion
"This is one of the best children’s books I’ve read in a while. I’m always looking for books to read to my grandkids, and this is one that’s going on my grandkids’ shelf.” -Bound 4 Escape
“This is an excellent book for families to use to discuss personalities--and the values and difficulties in keeping individual identities while teams and cliques are forming!” -A Mama’s Corner of the World
“What I loved the most about Animals at the Office is the talents of Devan. I adored these illustrations. They were fun, vivid, and colorful. They perfectly match the story on each page. My children were constantly stopping me from turning the page, so they could admire the artwork a little longer.” -Locks, Hooks and Books
"With an easy to read rhyme scheme and fun, colorful illustrations, Animals at the Office is a must have for younger readers. 5 stars!" -Jazzy Book Reviews