Doreen Tango Hampton
Children's Book Author

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In addition to children’s books, Doreen collects antique holiday items. She is a member of The Golden Glow of Christmas Past, a group of over 1800 antique Christmas enthusiasts. She and her husband faithfully attend the organization’s annual 'Christmas in July' summer convention.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Doreen Tango Hampton attended Seton Hall University where she received a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A. in Finance. In 1996, after working for many years in university administration, Doreen and her husband Jack relocated from New Jersey to Litchfield County, CT. 

Not only does Doreen get story ideas from time spent with Grace, she also gets loads of material from her other nieces and nephews, Mark John, Alexander, Olivia and Hope. Being 'Aunt Doreen' is her favorite hobby. Although she does wage an ongoing battle with her garden.  

Jack & Doreen now split their time between CT & the Jersey shore. The 'Jersey' is still in the girl. But, truth be never left.

Tapping into her entrepreneurial side, Doreen pursued a career as an antique dealer. She began selling at antique shows in 1997 and trading on eBay in 1998. After discovering the world of antique children’s books, she became an avid collector. Inspired by the birth of her niece Grace in 2000, Doreen began writing her own children's stories. A new and exciting career was launched with the publication of her first book in 2007.
Come meet Doreen in person at any of her BOOK SIGNINGS and get free gumballs! She and her gumball machine will be at a bookstore, toy store or library near you. 

An active community volunteer, Doreen is a member of the Litchfield Garden Club, the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic and The Women's Forum. She also participates in fund raising efforts benefiting the Susan B. Anthony Project and the Oliver Wolcott Library. Doreen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA).
To view incredible artwork, check out Gina Pfleegor's website at
Illustrated by Gina Pfleegor and published by Shenanigan Books, I Like Gum was released in September 2007. The book is available in bookstores and online sites such as and