Irene brings the challenges of childhood depression into the light through her own personal experience and thoughtful reflection.
Irene Applebaum Buchine holds a Master’s in Education and worked in early childhood settings for more than a decade. Her interest in art and communication led her to start a successful design and marketing studio. Irene began writing memoir in 2006 and soon after she returned to her love of illustration.
From her personal experience raising a child with depression and her own challenges as someone who struggled with dyslexia, she has known what it is like to be unseen, marginalized and helpless. She hopes her book gives voice to the children in darkness of depression and encouragement to those who love them.
Irene lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Herb, and their dog, Woody. She has one son, three stepchildren, and a growing brood.
Irene is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and many writers’ groups.