Cindy Kane began her children's publishing career in the 1980s, rising to a position as senior editor at Bantam Books for Young Readers before moving on to hardcover children's books. She was editor-in-chief of Four Winds Press/Macmillan from 1987–91 and executive editor (1991–98) and editorial director (1998–99) of Dial Books for Young Readers. Books she has edited include the Newbery Honor book A Long Way From Chicago and Newbery Medal winner A Year Down Yonder, both by Richard Peck. After moving to educational publishing, she served as a supervising editor with Pearson Education from 1999–2007, editing classroom materials in Reading and Language Arts, and is currently a curriculum supervisor with an educational developer.
Under her married name, Cindy Trumbore, she began writing children's books in 1999, publishing four nonfiction books for classrooms with Modern Curriculum Press and a fantasy novel for grades 2–5, The Genie in the Book (Handprint/Chronicle), in 2004. Her nonfiction picture book The Mangrove Tree, co-written with and illustrated by collage artist Susan L. Roth, was published by Lee and Low in May 2011 and won the 2012 Jane Addams Award, among other honors. The friends went on to collaborate with Parrots Over Puerto Rico, published by Lee and Low in November 2013, winner of the 2014 Sibert Medal and 2014 Américas Award. Cindy's next collaboration with Susan Roth, Prairie Dog Song, published by Lee and Low in Spring 2016, was a selection of the Junior Library Guild. It received three starred reviews and was on the master list for the 2018-19 William Allen White Award. Her second novel, Huzzah for Liberty, was published by Colonial Williamsburg Publications in 2017. Published in February 2021, Butterfly for a King, another collaboration with Susan Roth, was a silver medalist for the Bank Street College of Education's 2022 Cook Prize.
Cindy was an instructor at the Institute of Children's Literature from 2005–12 and a writing mentor in the Southampton Children's Literature Fellows program, a one-year certificate program through Stony Brook Southampton's MFA in Creative Writing, from 2013–2020. She is married to the cartoonist/illustrator Harry Trumbore, http://www.harrytrumbore.com.