Ann Rubino is the author of Le Forestiere, written in Italian, Women in Chicago, and Peppino, Good as Bread, an intermediate-grade novel of World War II in Italy. The sequel, Peppino and the Streets of Gold (2016) follows Peppino as he comes to America and faces an immigrant’s challenges in Chicago in the late 1940’s.
Her most recent book, Emmet’s Storm, just one the Best of STEM 2017 designation from NSTA and the Children’s Book Council. It is set in 1880’s Iowa and features a boy teased by his peers about his obsession with all things scientific. In the historic Blizzard of 1888, his knowledge makes him a hero. Following a granddaughter’s complaint, ‘Why does Grandma only write about boys?’ she is now working on a sequel to Emmet’s Storm starring an inventive and independent girl.
While Ann was teaching professionally, she won the OHAUS Award for innovations in science teaching; took part in the creation of the New Generation Science Standards; sat on the review board of Science & Children magazine; and worked as a consultant for the Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago. She holds her MT(ASCP), B.A.Ed., and M.S.Ed. and an Endorsement in Gifted Education. Her last teaching assignment was as adjunct at Lewis University, training future teachers in methods of science teaching. Once retired, she reviewed many children’s books for the Recommends division of Science & Children and continued her work on the review board.