Shirley Parenteau lives in Northern California with her husband, Bill, near their three children and six granddaughters. Always an avid reader, Shirley loves to write. As a child, she collected social news from neighbors to add to her mother’s weekly column for a small Oregon beach town. Her father’s work as a logger meant following jobs and while her mother regretted leaving each town, she always found story material in the next one. Inspired by her mother’s feature articles in Oregon newspapers, Shirley began to write travel articles for many outdoor magazines. Her children’s experiences found their way into the articles and later caused Shirley to write books for children.
Shirley’s picture book series beginning with BEARS ON CHAIRS has been called a classic in the making. The book found such an enthusiastic audience with Japanese readers, the bears are now appearing as plush teddy bears, on notebooks, stationery and backpacks and many other items, all in Japan.
In the fall of 2014, Shirley began a series of middle-grade novels telling the story of the Friendship Doll project of 1926. With highly positive reviews, SHIP OF DOLLS will be followed by DOLLS OF HOPE telling the story from the viewpoint of a Japanese girl who becomes the protector of one of the American dolls sent to her country.