September 12 – Valerie Tripp

 “…the universe is full of the information you need – you just have to begin to pay attention to it!” 

Valerie Tripp

Valerie Tripp is a children’s book author, best known for her work with the American Girl series, of which she is the most prolific author. She was born on September 12, 1951, in Mount Kisco, New York, and was a member of the first co-educated class at Yale University, where she graduated with honors. She went on to receive a masters of Education from Harvard. 

In 1983 she married Michael Petty, who is a history teacher at Montgomery College.  

After she graduated from college, Tripp starting writing songs, stories and nonfiction for The Superkids Reading Program. She worked with Pleasant Rowland, the founder of American Girl. Tripp has written all of the Felicity, Josefina, Kit, Molly and Maryellen books, along with many others.  

Lesson from Valerie Tripp:

Don’t get discouraged – give yourself time and space to write. There’s an abundance in the universe to tap into!

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