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Anne Valente, Age 5

Anne Valente is author of the novel Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, which will be published this October by William Morrow/HarperCollins, and the collection By Light We Knew Our Names, which won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize in 2014. These pages are taken from a sketchbook she kept in kindergarten.

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— Anne Valente, Age 5

Anne Valente

“At five, I was in kindergarten in St. Louis, and I spent a lot of time outside. I remember trying to recreate birds and bugs from my backyard, and I also remember walking up to the Bookmobile that was always parked at my elementary school throughout the summer. I checked out my first library books there and tried to mimic their images and words.”