Maryann Cocca-Leffler


Maryann Cocca-Leffler is an award-winning author and illustrator of over 70 books for children.  A Kirkus reviewer said of Maryann; Cocca-Leffler knows children inside and out.”

Maryann’s inspiration comes from all around her; children, family, school visits, current news and the people she meets along the way. Recent books include; The Power of YET inspired by the Power of Yet growth mindset, and The Belonging Tree, which celebrates diverse neighborhoods. Her book, Janine was inspired by her daughter, Janine Leffler. Together they have developed a corresponding website with a mission to help change public perception of children with disabilities. ( Maryann’s latest picture book, We Want to Go to School! The Fight for Disability Rights, co-authored with Janine, tells the true story of the people behind the 1972 landmark case which ensured a public education for all.


Maryann grew up in the Boston area and has a BFA in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She loves visiting schools to promote literacy and share her books with children. Maryann lives and works in Portland, Maine.

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