ANNE PELLOWSKI was born in Pine Creek, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, and Columbia University, and has traveled widely throughout the world. A renowned storyteller and recognized authority on international literature as well as non-print media for children, Ms. Pellowski created and was for many years the Director of the Information Center for Children's Cultures of the United States Committee for UNICEF in New York City. At present, she spends most of her time preparing for and carrying out workshops in developing countries, on creating books in the local languages of those countries. This work is done as a volunteer with the organization International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). She writes part time and has recently published two new books: Polish Folktales and Folklore and Mongolian Folktales. Ms Pellowski was a nominee for the prestigious 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Based on the childhood experiences of Ms. Pellowski's great-aunt, First Farm in the Valley: Anna’s Story is one of a quartet of books tracing four generations of a Polish-American family. Winding Valley Farm: Annie’s Story recounts some of the experiences of Ms. Pellowski’s mother; Stairstep Farm: Anna Rose’s Story is based on the author’s own childhood and takes place in the 1930s, a time in which strong family ties and traditions are thriving in the context of an established American identity; and Willow Wind Farm: Betsy’s Story is based on that of her sister Angie’s daughter. In addition, a fifth book, Betsy’s Up-and-Down Year relates further important discoveries in Betsy’s life.
There are more than 800 descendants of Frank Pellowski alive today.