Ann Garrett was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up playing in the gully behind her family’s house, hiking in the Rockies, riding horses, raising animals and skiing. At the age of fourteen she began to work with children who were emotionally disturbed. She has never stopped.
Ann attended the University of Utah where she received Bachelor of Science degrees in sociology and social work. During her junior year in college Ann lived in Switzerland and traveled throughout Europe.
For over thirty years Ann has lived in the Los Angeles area, working in a residential treatment center and therapeutic school for severely emotionally disturbed children who were physically and sexually abused. She currently is a children’s librarian, and runs a literacy program, in addition to being a public school liaison. These programs give her an intense venue for studying and understanding how stories affect the most difficult of audiences.
Travel and adventure are Ann’s favorite activities. She loves kids, animals, writing, photography and a good conversation over a cup of coffee.
Ann has written several children’s picture books, both individually and in collaboration with the late Gene-Michael Higney . She is the author of Keeper of the Swamp (which was also published in Spanish as Guardian Del Pantano). Ann also collaborated with Gene-Michael Higney on Fins and Flippers, Scales and Nippers, Stardusters, What's for Lunch?, What's for Dinner?, and Tales of Tails. Their picture books, Wiggles and Clucks and Quackers are due out next year.
Ann has recently co-authored with Nancy Goodell her first book for adults which is entitled: TLC FOR FRAZZLED KIDS, Helping Grown Ups Help Kids. It is a practical step-by-step guide for helping children who contend with the ongoing challenges of living in this complex world.
Ann lives and writes in California.