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Penny Colman is an author of books, essays, stories, and articles for all ages. In 2005, her social history, Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial, was named one of the 100 Best of the Best Books for the 21st Century by members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Early life

Penny Colman was born Penelope Granger Morgan on September 2, 1944 in Denver, Colorado to her father, Norman Charles Morgan, and her mother, Marija (known as Maritza) Leskovar Morgan. She lived in Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon,and Lexington Kentucky before her parents settled in north Warren, Pennsylvania in 1949. Here, Colman, her parents, and her three brothers, all lived on the grounds of Warren State Hospital, a mental hospital where her father worked as a psychiatrist.In 1953, when Colman was nine years old, her parents bought a farm six miles from the hospital. This same year, Colman's mother joined the staff of the local newspaper as a photographer and journalist and her father began writing a weekly column, "Everyday Psychology," for several newspapers.In 1962, Colman graduated from high school and in the fall she attended Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. After two years of college, Colman dropped out of college and decided to hitchhike through Europe. After she returned from Europe, her older brother Jon died from viral pneumonia at the age of twenty and her father died three years later from terminal cancer.Despite hardship, Colman graduated from The University of Michigan; earned a master of arts in teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Then she married Robert "Bob" Colman and had three sons, Jonathan, and twins; David and Stephen. After twenty-five years, Colman and her husband were divorced . She now lives and writes in Englewood, New Jersey.

Nonfiction Writing Genre

Colman writes predominantly in the genre of nonfiction and most often about women. She attributes her interest in the genre to parental influence. During Penny Colman’s youth, her mother worked as a newspaper photo-journalist and Colman accompanied her on various assignments. Colman’s father, a psychiatrist, wrote a weekly column that appeared in several newspapers. Immersed in these experiences during her formative years, she developed a belief “that nonfiction is a valuable vehicle for sharing true stories and discussing issues and ideas” . Throughout her childhood, Colman enjoyed family visits to museums, historical sites, and landmarks igniting an interest in history that continues today. She recognized the void in the historical record of women’s accomplishments and their subsequent impact on the nation (USA). She has written twelve nonfiction books concerning women’s struggles, achievements and contributions beginning to fill that void. Her latest book, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed History due for release March 2011, continues the effort. In her book, Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories about Women Who Made a Difference, Colman defines her objective in this manner, “My intent is not to replace men but to add women (4). All of her books require extensive and meticulous research conducted solely by Colman and often includes “shoe leather research” . She meshes historical information with her signature page-turning writing style to offer engaging stories for readers of all ages. Colman explains her motivations for becoming a writer, "I became a writer because there are things that I have to say. Things that I have to write. Things that I feel passionate about, such as the importance of thinking and learning, of equality and justice, and of sharing and caring" .

.Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II received the Orbis Pictus Honor Award for Outstanding Nonfiction and an International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice and Young Adult Choice.

Her book of essays, Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made A Difference, was named a Notable Trade Book.Since 2003, Colman has been a distinguished lecture at Queens College, the City University of New York. Her academic writings include, “A New Way to Look at Literature: A Visual Model for Analyzing Fiction and Nonfiction Texts,” Language Arts, 2007.She was honored by the New Jersey State Legislature for books and public appearances that have “contributed to the advancement of women.”

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Total Books: 36
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony A Friendship That Changed the World
Corpses Coffins and Crypts A History of Burial
2015 - Corpses Coffins and Crypts a History of Burial (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781250062901
ISBN-10: 125006290X
Genre: Children's Books

A Woman Unafraid The Achievements of Frances Perkins
2010 - A Woman Unafraid the Achievements of Frances Perkins (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781450207737
ISBN-10: 1450207731

Thanksgiving The True Story
2008 - Thanksgiving the True Story (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780805082296
ISBN-10: 0805082298
Genre: Children's Books

Planning for Learning Through Animals
2008 - Planning for Learning Through Animals (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781904575528
ISBN-10: 1904575528

Breaking the Chains The Crusade of Dorothea Lynde Dix
Adventurous Women Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference
2006 - Adventurous Women Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780805077445
ISBN-10: 0805077448
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

2003 - Girls (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780590371308
ISBN-10: 0590371304
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Where the Action Was Women War Correspondents in World War II
Girls A History of Growing Up Female in America
2000 - Girls a History of Growing Up Female in America (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780590371292
ISBN-10: 0590371290
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

1995 - Strike [1824 to the Present] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781562944599
ISBN-10: 1562944592

Rosie the Riveter Women Working on the Homefront in World War II
Toilets Bathtubs Sinks and Sewers A History of the Bathroom
1995 - Toilets Bathtubs Sinks and Sewers a History of the Bathroom (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780689318948
ISBN-10: 0689318944
Genre: Children's Books

Madame CJ Walker
1994 - Madame Cj Walker [Gateway Biographies] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781562943387
ISBN-10: 1562943383
Genre: Children's Books

Mother Jones
1994 - Mother Jones (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781562944025
ISBN-10: 1562944029
Genre: Children's Books

Fannie Lou Hamer
1993 - Fannie Lou Hamer [Gateway Civil Rights] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781562943233
ISBN-10: 1562943235
Genre: Children's Books

101 Ways to Do Better in School
1993 - 101 Ways to Do Better in School (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780816732852
ISBN-10: 081673285X
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

I Never Do Anything Bad
I Never Do Anything Bad (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780809165728
ISBN-10: 0809165724
Genres: Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality

Dark Closets and Noises in the Night
Dark Closets and Noises in the Night (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780809166008
ISBN-10: 0809166003
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Spies Women in the Civil War
Spies Women in the Civil War (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781558702677
ISBN-10: 1558702679
Genres: Children's Books, History, Teen & Young Adult

United States
United States [Women in Society] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781854355607
ISBN-10: 1854355600