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Shanna Simpson

Born: in Oswego, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Simpson was born and raised in Oswego. She graduated from Oswego High School and earned her degree in journalism from North Central College in Naperville. She currently works at the Oswego Public Library.

Biography: Shanna Simpson was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) at age 7. This motivated her to share her experiences in a picture book about coping with OCD as a child.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children

+Simpson Shanna Simpson on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Payton is afraid of dirt /
ISBN: 1941765572 OCLC: 1017941850

"Payton is afraid of dirt. He's afraid of germs and getting sick, and spends a lot of his time cleaning and worrying over his fears. Payton learns he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His OCD is like someone in his head is bossing him around all day long. It tells him that he has to wash and tidy, and cannot do the things he wants, like play outside. With the help of his family and doctor, Payton learns how to manage his OCD by putting it in an imaginary shrink machine, or ROARING it away!" P. [4] of cover.