Rita Gray

Rita Gray’s love of children has been the one constant of her life. Raised in Southern California, with three younger sisters, Rita moved north to Berkeley, where she ran an After School Program. She migrated eastward to New York City to study Psychology (BS) and Social Work (MSW). During this time, along with knowledgeable teachers, artists and therapists, Rita worked with children and their families. She came to understand that a good book “holds an experience for a child, one that can be visited again and again”. Rita is married and has two children of her own who enrich each day.

More information about Rita Gray can be found on her website: ritagrayreads.com

Picture Books


When the World Is Dreaming A lovely lullaby exploring the animals of the world, all told in Rita’s classic lyrical style. Illustrated by Kenard Park. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, 2016.)

One Big Rain Poems written by well-known poets such as Kyoshi, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and Carl Sandburg, take a look at rain in each of the four seasons.
(Charlesbridge, 2010) Rita Gray has compiled twenty poems about precipitation, each written by well-known poets such as Kyoshi, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and Carl Sandburg. Divided by the season of the year this collection offers curriculum links to weather and the water cycle.Download a poster from One Big Rain
of Robert Frost’s To the Thawing Wind http://www.charlesbridge.com/client/client_pdfs/posters/onebigrainposter.pdf “The images in this compact collection are appropriately misty-colors and shapes seen through rain. The brief poems cover many styles, including a number of translated haiku, but they are all evocative and easily grasped. … Frogs and watermelons, children and shadows, owls and plum blossoms appear in these pages. Soft and refreshing.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Mama Mine, Mama Mine Every mama on the farm comes home to her babies when her job is done.
(Dutton, Spring 2008) illustrated by Ponder Goembel
Easy Street (Dutton, 2006)
The Wild Little Horse (Dutton, 2005) Selected, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, 2007
Nonna’s Porch illustrated by Terry Widener(Hyperion, 2004)

Agent: Fiona Kenshole