Ann Braden

Ann Braden

Ann Braden writes books about kids trying to stand up for themselves even when life is hard. Her debut middle grade novel THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018 and has appeared on numerous state lists. She founded the Local Love Brigade, which sends love postcards to those who are facing hate. Ann also founded GunSenseVT, a grassroots group focused on championing the common ground on the issue of guns in Vermont, which helped pass landmark gun violence prevention legislation. Ann has been a middle school teacher, the co-host of the children’s book podcast, “Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide,” along with Pakistani American author Saadia Faruqi, and a co-organizer of #KidsNeedMentors. Ann lives in southern Vermont with her husband, two children, and two insatiable cats. Visit her online at
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