Gail, a Franklin, North Carolina native who has lived most of her adult life in Tampa, Florida, is a veteran educator of 32 years (24 years elementary teacher, 8 years as reading specialist); a 10 year Tampa Bay Times staff writer and the author of five books:
NEW BOOK for 2018!
I'll Take Care of Violet
Illustrated by Meaghan Wolf, water color artist
An African Violet family, spanning 25 years, provides the background for a gentle story told in the voice of Violet, the potted plant in the middle of three generations. Two human sisters, both with "green thumbs", are the nurturers of the hearty, ever-blooming and strong reproducing plants. Subtle watercolor pictures complement this sweet story of a common much loved houseplant.
Sandhill Cranes, Family Times
Clara, a Sandhill Crane with a badly injured leg, takes readers on a journey as she recuperates, telling of her friends' nesting and hatching of rusty colored fuzzy chick and their growth to juveniles under the close watch of vigilant parents. Clara's heartwarming triumphant story is accompanied with many facts and abundant photos, allowing readers of all ages to learn about the fascinating life and habits of Florida Sandhill Cranes.
Carolina Wrens, Their Family Story
Story and Photographs by Gail Diederich
A pair of Carolina Wrens chose a tiny clay pot outside a kitchen graden window to make their home and raise a family. From first twig in the next to the last fledgling taking to the trees, their story was captured in detail with photos and description. Readability is for children ages 6-9 but the remarkable story and pictures are enjoyable for all ages.
Tales of Two Gails,
co-authored with Gail Kelly Lester
Memoirs of two lifelong friends, both named Gail, who endured many hardships including family dysfunctions and abject poverty on their paths to becoming strong, successful and independent women. They were each influenced by loving grandparents.
Barley, A Possum's Own Story
with Lea Murray and Barley
A tiny possum could have been a vulture's meal when his mother was hit by a car but a caring vet technician stepped in and gave the little fellow a chance to live. He helps tell his heartwarming story that has won friends worldwide. With more than 40 color photos and lots of possums facts, this is a story that appeals to all ages and is sure to be a teacher's delight in a classroom of any age.