Antoinette Truglio Martin is a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but really wants to be a writer when she grows up. She has been collecting, writing, and fashioning stories forever. Over the years Antoinette had been a regular columnist in local periodicals and had several essays featured in newsletters and literary reviews. Her children's picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup was published in 1993 (Albert Whitman Co.). Antoinette's memoir, Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer (She Writes Press 2017), chronicles her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient. She proudly holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University (2016).
"Daily Bread" is a wonderful story that takes place in the early 1900s. Following Lily Taglia, a young girl in a big family, the story focuses on how she navigates her world in Lower Manhattan's Little Italy, from everyday life, to bullies, and to her time spent at the local bakery! The premise for this story comes from Antoinette's grandmother. As a young girl, she would go to the local bakery where the baker and his wife would teach young children how to bake bread, which then they could take home at a discounted price for their family. This was a rewarding experience for children to help their families out.
Antoinette's story is an inspirational one that was not only fun to write, but interesting to research as well. Writing historical fiction for children, especially with "Daily Bread" following an immigrant family's experiences within their community, it is an important story that Antoinette conveys with imagination and originality.