Ann Braden is a children’s author and community organizer. Her debut middle grade novel The Benefits of Being an Octopus takes place in Vermont and explores poverty and the class divide through the eyes of 12-year-old girl Zoey. Ann co-hosts the children’s book podcast “Lifelines: Books That Bridge the Divide” along with Pakistani—American author Saadia Faruqi. Ann also founded the organization GunSenseVT to champion the common ground on the issue of guns which recently helped get landmark gun legislation passed, and she started the Local Love Brigade to push back against hate. She is a former middle school teacher.
“I love working with kids, whether it’s getting them to motivated to revise, helping them understand both side of an issue and find the common ground, exploring the class divide, or simply discussing the writing process.”