About Michele Dufresne

michele dufresne and bella and rosieMichele Dufresne of Pioneer Valley BooksMichele Dufresne's career in education began in the elementary school classroom. Later she became a reading specialist, Title I Director and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. Although now retired from teaching, Michele continues to work with children learning to read as a consultant in school districts across the nation. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts.

Michele is the author of several professional resources for teachers including Word Solvers: Making Sense of Letters and Words, published by Heinemann, and numerous children’s book series, including Bella & Rosie (based on her two beloved Bichons, pictured at right), Jack & Daisy, Marshmallow the Pony, and Spaceboy, and dozens of nonfiction texts, all published by Pioneer Valley Books, the company she and husband Robert Dufresne founded. Pioneer Valley Books provides children with engaging literature built on a strong pedagogical foundation.

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