Anne Rogovin, née Snetsky, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, in a family of immigrant Jews from Ukraine. She graduated from Buffalo State College for Teachers (now part of SUNY Buffalo), where she also earned a master's degree in special education. She and her husband, Milton Rogovin, who had three children, were left-wing political activists in the 1950s. They lost their jobs for protesting the trial and execution of the Rosenbergs and refusing to sign loyalty oaths. Anne turned to teaching mentally disabled children for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in a career that spanned more than 30 years. She also wrote books, beginning with Learning by Doing: An Illustrated Handbook for Parents and Teachers of Children Who Learn Slowly (1971). Her articles on childrearing appeared in national newspapers and periodicals. Her other books included Let Me Do It! (1990), 1001 Activities for Children (1999), and Turn Off the TV And . . . (1995). She also assisted her husband, who became a social documentary photographer.