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Aimée Bissonette


Aimée Bissonette is the author of several picture books featuring adventurous girls and women.

Miss Colfax’s Light, (winner of the American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Award) recounts the true story of Harriet Colfax, one of the few female Lake Michigan lighthouse keepers in 1861.

North Woods Girl (winner of the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award), is “...narrated by a girl who admires her grandmother for not looking like other grandmas: 'She's bony. And she dresses in Grandpa's old flannel shirts.' But Grandma knows the woods behind her house and where to observe animals and ducks." (Pioneer Press).

Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith’s Race to Complete Amelia Earhart’s Quest (due out in September), retells the extraordinary story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world.

Aimée Bissonette was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, the sixth of seven children. She grew up with her suitcase never fully unpacked—her family moved many times and she attended 8 different schools before graduating from high school. Aimée earned her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and her Law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

She has worked as an occupational therapist, teacher, lawyer, and small business owner. In addition to her books for children, Aimée has published a book for K-12 teachers and administrators on the legal issues associated with technology in the schools.

She lives with her husband, family, and dogs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Learn more about Aimée Bissonette on her website.




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