5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States
Carnegie Mellon University where Roni Schotter did her studies.
(As sixteen-year-old Lisl's mother dies of cancer, Lisl be...)
As sixteen-year-old Lisl's mother dies of cancer, Lisl begins to learn more about the conflicting feelings of love, guilt, grief, and resentment which one feels upon losing a parent.
(Bunny, who hates bedtime, sets off to explore the nightti...)
Bunny, who hates bedtime, sets off to explore the nighttime world and concludes that his bed is the best place to be at night, despite the wonderful things he finds outside.
(The children of Vinegar Lane always tease Captain Snap, a...)
The children of Vinegar Lane always tease Captain Snap, a grouchy old eccentric, when he hobbles out of his junk-cluttered house, but when he does not appear one day they investigate, finding him in trouble and grateful for their help.
(A debonair Parisian pig finds himself in great danger whe...)
A debonair Parisian pig finds himself in great danger when he falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous butcher.
(Passover is always a magical time, but this Passover is e...)
Passover is always a magical time, but this Passover is extra-special since Molly’s uncle Harry brings his latest magic tricks and new bride, Aunt Eda.
(As it gradually gets harder to make a living, Uncle Gurne...)
As it gradually gets harder to make a living, Uncle Gurney leaves his family and the tailoring business and heads West with his nephew Theo's drawings to complete a mysterious project.
(When Eva sits on her stoop trying to complete a school as...)
When Eva sits on her stoop trying to complete a school assignment by writing about what happens in her neighborhood, she gets a great deal of advice and action.
(A family celebrates Purim by putting on a play about Quee...)
A family celebrates Purim by putting on a play about Queen Esther, enlisting the help of a neighbor who does an excellent job of playing the part of Haman.
Roni Schotter studied at Carnegie Mellon University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from New York University in 1968.
Roni Schotter began her career as children’s book editor serving in different publishing agencies. She has also tried her hand in academics teaching writing at Queens College, City University of New York, and at Manhattanville College. Besides, at the beginning of her professional path, Schotter has been an invited speaker at Vassar College’s Summer Institute in Children’s Publishing, and at annual conferences of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
By the late 1970s, Roni Schotter finally initiated her career of a writer with the successful young adult novel, ‘A Matter of Time’, published in 1979. The novel is a “moving” story which protagonist, a high school senior, Lisl Gilbert, has a vivacious, artistic mother dying of cancer. Schotter’s next venture into the young adult market was ‘Northern Fried Chicken’, whose heroine, Betsy Bergman, is a shy Jewish girl living in 1962 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Three years later, in 1986, Schotter followed with another young adult novel, ‘Rhoda, Straight and True’, in which the title character, a twelve-year-old girl in Brooklyn in the summer of 1953, realizes that appearances are not reliable when assessing a person’s character.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the children’s book market proved highly successful for Roni Schotter. Her first children’s book, ‘Efan the Great’ issued in 1986, received good reviews from critics.
Her next book, ‘Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane’, told the simple story of a group of children who are initially afraid of an old man, but when they discover that he is ill they bring him food and blankets. In 1989 the writer turned to animals as characters in her work ‘Bunny's Night Out’, in which Bunny, who is afraid of bedtime, leaves his room to explore the world. In the next 1993 book, ‘Warm at Home’, Bunny has a cold and complains that there is nothing to do. Schotter returned to human characters in ‘A Fruit and Vegetable Man’. The end of the same year saw the publication of ‘When Crocodiles Clean Up’.
Beginning with the 1990 ‘Hanukkah!’, Roni Schotter wrote a series of books about Jewish holidays. The author returned to the topic of Jewish holidays in 1995 with ‘Passover Magic’, a portrayal of one family’s seder dinner. The emphasis of the story is on colorful characters, such as amateur magician Uncle Harry, as well as on holiday lore.
Schotter’s next book entitled ‘Dreamland’, was also well received. The tale revolves around a family of tailors, some of whom possess an abundance of common sense and some who do not. Another children’s story, Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street, focuses again on the importance of imagination.
Nowadays, Roni Schotter lives and works in a small village not far from New York City. The latest titles by the author include ‘Go, Little Green Truck!’ and ‘All About Grandmas’.
(The children of Vinegar Lane always tease Captain Snap, a...)1989
(As it gradually gets harder to make a living, Uncle Gurne...)1996
(As sixteen-year-old Lisl's mother dies of cancer, Lisl be...)1979
(Bunny, who hates bedtime, sets off to explore the nightti...)1989
(When Eva sits on her stoop trying to complete a school as...)1996
(A family celebrates Purim by putting on a play about Quee...)1997
(Passover is always a magical time, but this Passover is e...)1995
(The joyful story of one family's holiday celebration, fro...)1990
(A debonair Parisian pig finds himself in great danger whe...)1994
(Rhoda braves the ridicule of her peers to befriend a poor...)1986
(A young boy finds a way to give his family the Christmas ...)1986
(The book about the adventures of Little Green truck.)2016
(The jazzy ode to grandmas.)2012
"I never knew I would grow up to be a writer, but I knew that I loved words – their mystery, meaning and power. I was shy and spent a good amount of time watching and listening to the world, using my imagination to make sense of what I saw and heard. Now that I’m a grown-up and an author, I still do the same thing. Like a detective, I listen, look and sniff the world, then I write about whatever excites or puzzles me – in my notebooks. I daydream ... a lot ... and use my imagination to create my many stories."
"I enjoy writing for children and love sharing my books with them. I speak to children as fellow writers. I try to demystify the writing process by explaining how my ideas come from everyday events, from feelings and fears, from the wonder I feel at the world. I try to empower children, to help them recognize the events and ideas in their lives so that they can use them for their stories."
"When I speak to children about how I write, I show them my notebooks so they can see how much I struggle when I write. I start with a small notebook in which I take notes – my ideas, feelings, and observations. When I'm ready to begin a book, I buy a large notebook and begin writing by hand. I love to show children how messy my notebooks are – how much I change, delete, add."
"Most of my ideas come from events or occurrences that echo inside my heart. I have to feel something intensely in order to write. As I've said, I'm always paying attention to the world. When something resonates inside me in a particular way, I find I have an idea. The characters in my books and the situations they find themselves in could be me."
Roni Schotter’s best-loved words are cozy, snuggle, ruckus, rutabaga, and potato. She likes teal blue, green and red colors.
Roni Schotter is married to Richard Schotter, an English professor and author. Roni and Richard have an adult son named Jesse. Following his parents’ steps, he also became a novelist and professor.