Author & Editor
Freelance editor specializing in children's literature,
particularly picture books and poetry.
Tamara Rittershaus is a kid lit author and freelance editor, specializing in picture books and poetry, an expat mom, and Montessori kindergarten teacher. Her tri-lingual family lives in Cozumel, Mexico, where they spend Sunday mornings snorkeling and making sandcastles at the beach.
Tamara's debut picture book Marie's Big Adieu speaks to the heart of every child who's said a "big goodbye" and moved away from a friend.
Tamara's editing services include developmental editing, line editing, poetry editing, and her signature “poetry coaching” for novice poets. Tamara focuses on picture books and other forms of children's literature.
Marie's Big Adieu
Marie feels her world crashing when Dad says they have to move. What’s even harder than leaving her beautiful country home is saying goodbye to her best friend, Lorelei. Dad is there, but it’s not the same without Lorelei. When Marie meets a girl at City Park, she realizes that she doesn’t have to replace Lorelei, but can have a best friend close by and a best friend far away.
A raw, emotional story about saying goodbye and starting new, Marie’s Big Adieu acknowledges the fear and grief of those “big goodbyes” and validates the child’s struggles in new situations.
The beautiful illustrations and poignant poetry will connect to the heart of any child who has moved away from a best friend. A perfect gift for a family moving with children, expats, immigrants, or anyone who’s said a “big adieu” to a best friend.