About Me

​Hi Friends! My name is Amanda Davis. I’m a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses my words and pictures to light up the world with kindness.

After losing my father at the age of twelve, I turned to art and writing as an outlet. It became my voice. A way to cope. A way to escape. And a way to tell my story. I was thus inspired to teach art and pursue my passion for writing and illustrating children’s books. Through my work, I strive to empower younger generations to tell their own stories and offer children and adults an entryway into a world of discovery. A world that can help them make sense of themselves, others, and the community around them. A world where they can navigate, imagine, and feel inspired—over and over again. 

I am the author of the award-winning picture book, 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag  illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (WorthyKids/Hachette Book Group, 2021), Moonlight Memories, illustrated by Michelle Jing Chan (WorthyKids/Hachette Book Group 2023), Sometimes Shadow (Free Spirit Press, summer 2025), and a yet to be announced picture book with Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers. My poetry and illustrations appear in the Writers’ Loft Poetry Anthology, Friends and Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children (November 2020) and Gnomes and Un-Gnomes (December 2023). My photograph titled, Icelandic Horse, was published in The Sunlight Press. I am the recipient of the Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Most Promising Picture Book Manuscript Grant.

I have over ten years of experience as a classroom teacher and was selected as Massachusetts Secondary Art Educator of the Year. I enjoy helping other creatives hone their craft by offering critique and mentoring services through Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning. I’m an active member of SCBWI, 12×12, The Writer’s Loft, and National Art Education Association.

When I’m not busy creating, you can find me sipping tea, petting dogs, and exploring the natural wonders of The Bay State with my family and my rescue pup, Cora.

Art is universal. Art is connection. Art is life.

To learn more about my teaching and view student artwork, CLICK HERE.

​I am represented by Jennifer Unter at The Unter Agency. Melissa Richeson represented me for 30,000 STITCHES.

Click here for my press kit!

EDUCATION

  • MAT in Art Education, Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2009
  • BA in English and Studio Art, Salve Regina University, 2007

AWARDS & GRANTS

  • Patriot Ledger Holiday Cover Contest Winner, December 2020
  • The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Most Promising Picture Book Manuscript Award/Grant, 2020
  • KidLit411 The Weekly 411 Illustrator Feature
  • Massachusetts Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award, 2020
  • Vivian Kirkfield’s #50 Precious Words Contest, Honorable Mention, 2020
  • Photography Contest Winner, The Sunlight Press, 2019 
  • Scituate Art Association’s Annual Juried Art Show, 3rd place for Illustration, 2019
  • Teaching Tolerance and Southern Poverty Law Center Educator Grant, 2018
  • STARS Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, 2016
  • Hull Academic Support Coalition, Inc., 2011, 2012, 2017
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