Anna Staniszewski

Adjunct Faculty
  • Children’s Literature

About Me

As an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College, Anna Staniszewski focused on writing for the theater, but when she later took a job at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, she realized she was meant to combine her passion for writing with her love of children’s books. Staniszewski went on to enroll at Simmons University where she earned an MA in Children’s Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children. She was the Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Staniszewski is the author of several novels for tweens, including the Dirt Diary series and Once Upon a Cruise, as well as the picture books Power Down, Little Robot (illustrated by Tim Zeltner) and Dogosaurus Rex (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes). You can learn more about Staniszewski and her work at

What I Teach

  • CHL 430 - Writing for Children I
  • CHL 431 - Writing for Children II
  • CHL 419 - The Art of Humor