Cheryl Lawton Malone
Author · Creative Consultant
Cheryl is a freelance writer, poet, and award-winning author of children’s literature. 2015’s DARIO AND THE WHALE is a Shelf Awareness Best Children’s Book of 2016, a Cooperative Children’s Book Center Winner for 2017, a Book Best Debut Picture Books of 2016, and a 2018 Mass Book Awards Must Read. It is now in its fourth printing…
Selling a work today requires that your audience love your story, not just like your manuscript. Falling in love takes a ton of hard work, which means starting with a great story idea, understanding today’s marketplace, piling on the heart, stakes, and conflict, honing your craft, writing a good plot, and…
Books by Cheryl Lawton Malone
When Dario and his mother move to Cape Cod from Brazil, Dario has a hard time making friends since he doesn’t speak English well. But one day Dario meets someone else who has just arrived in New England and he doesn’t speak any English at all…because he’s a right whale! Day after day Dario and the whale meet at the beach. But what will happen when it’s time for the whale to migrate?
Praise for DARIO AND THE WHALE
“A heartwarming paean to long walks along the beach.” – Kirkus Reviews
“[W]ill spark rich conversations[.]” – School Library Journal
“[P]owerful yet buoyant.” – Shelf Awareness (starred)
Praise for ELEPHANTS WALK TOGETHER
“Heartwarming . . . a sweet and sensitive encouragement of wildlife conservation.” – Kirkus Reviews
“This sweet story of enduring friendship should help create empathy and spark lots of questions.” – Booklist
- Feb 15, 2020 – Day of Consults, Grub Street, Boston, MA. Submit manuscripts through Grub Street, prepare for the Muse In the Marketplace, Manuscript Mart 2020.
Cheryl’s Passion for Dogs and Kids
I’ve been lucky enough to merge my love of dogs with my career as an author. I currently train therapy dogs and write a dog-related blog called Barkback (under the name “The Barkback Team”) at All About My Dog, a dog training center in Natick, MA… LEARN MORE →
After a 25-year career in corporate and international law, I decided to become a professional writer. I obtained my MFA at Lesley University in 2010, and started teaching at Lesley as an adjunct professor and at Grub Street, a nonprofit writer’s organization in Boston, MA. My first children’s picture book, DARIO AND THE WHALE, was published by Albert Whitman, 2016; it’s in its 4rth printing. My second picture book, ELEPHANTS WALK TOGETHER was also published by Albert Whitman, 2017. A few years ago, I had the great fortune to add a third career–professional dog trainer when I joined the team at All About My Dog. Currently, I work with pet therapy teams and volunteer in schools, libraries and children’s hospitals. My husband and I live in Massachusetts with our two amazing Irish wheaten terriers.