Thank you for visiting my website.

I am an Author and Illustrator of over 50 books for children.

Please explore my website. Through the above links you will find out about Me and my Books, view my Portfolio and learn about my School Visits. (And don’t forget to download some Activities Sheets.)

I am also a Playwright. With the help of a very talented

team, I have brought my Princess Kim” books to the

stage as a Children’s Musical. See Below for BIG NEWS!

Please visit: PLAY BLOG

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After winning First Place at the Ronald M. Ruble National New Play Festival, Princess K.I.M. The Musical has had performances in  Ohio, New Hampshire, New Jersey and California. I am very proud to announce that my play is now available for license Nationally through STAGE RIGHTS!

Put on MY PLAY!

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Princess K.I.M. The Musical is based on my

Princess Kim Books, published by Albert Whitman:

Available in Bookstores/ Online and through Scholastic Bookclubs.

(Published by Scholastic)

"Both the text and the bright, expressive illustrations focus squarely on Theo and his friends, with a developmentally appropriate, low priority on the baby. . . Cocca-Leffler once again demonstrates her understanding of small children and the complexities of their emotions."

Kirkus Reviews

Named as one of the

Best Holiday Books For Kids!

“Cocca-Leffler knows children inside and out.”

                                                    Kirkus Starred Review

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“Teachers looking for a positive solution should reach for this one.”

Publishers Weekly  “ may encourage children who don’t fit in (and wouldn’t have it any other way).”

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“This pleasing story might well inspire some homemade Christmas gifts or even an outdoor Christmas morning breakfast” --Kirkus

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