Mary Vigliante Szydlowski, B.A.’71
By Amy Halloran, B.A.’90
Author Mary Vigliante Szydlowski’s book
Kia’s Manatee was published last September.
The story of a girl who recruits her community
to help an injured manatee in a polluted
bay, the picture book is part of a nationwide
children’s literacy program.
“When they’re done reading the book in
class, the children are allowed to take the
book home,” says Szydlowski, who also
writes fiction for adults.
In all of her writing, research plays an important
role. Getting to know a subject is crucial,
and Szydlowski enjoys immersing herself in
a topic, whether for a novel, a picture book
or another project. She works for testing
companies, preparing reading comprehension
passages for standardized tests.
At the University, Szydlowski was an
anthropology major. She says, “I had some
really great professors who assigned a lot
of papers” and demanded excellent research
and good writing skills. “That’s where I
learned to write.”
Kia's Manatee is available on Amazon.com.