Meet the Author

David A. Adler

Portrait of David A. Adler

It took a while for David Adler to settle on writing as his career. As a child, he was known as the artist in his family. "Paintings and drawings I did when I was as young as 12 still hang in my parents' home," he says. More than 200 of his drawings and cartoons have been published in magazines and newspapers. In school, however, he followed his interest in mathematics. He majored in economics in college, taught math in an intermediate school for almost nine years, and got a master's degree in business.

Adler was beginning work on a doctoral degree when he wrote his first children's book, A Little at a Time. When the book was published, Adler wrote a few math books for children. Before long, he knew he wanted to write full time. He enjoys writing nonfiction books, especially biographies. He wrote about the baseball player Lou Gehrig because, he says, "I've been a Yankee and a Lou Gehrig fan for decades…. Children face all sorts of challenges, and it's my hope that some will be inspired by the courage of Lou Gehrig." Adler thinks the best part about his work is that it's so varied. "Because of the diversity of the books I write, I am able to vary my work even in a single day from research on a nonfiction book to fiction writing to riddle writing," he explains.

About his writing process, David Adler says, "I have this sign in my office: DON'T THINK! JUST WRITE! When I write my first draft, I work quickly. I don't worry about each word. I know I will rewrite the story many times. I enjoy rewriting."

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Other Books Written by David A. Adler

  • A Little at a Time
    (illustrated by N. M. Bodecker)
  • Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
    (illustrated by Susanna Natti)
  • Hyperspace! Facts and Fun from All over the Universe
    (illustrated by Fred Winkowski)
  • The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fortune Cookie Chase
    (illustrated by Irene Trivas)
  • The Number on My Grandfather's Arm
    (photographs by Rose Eichenbaum)
  • T. F. Benson and the Funny Money Mystery
  • Andy and Tamika
    (illustrated by Will Hillenbrand)
  • America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
    (illustrated by Terry Widener)
  • A Picture Book of Sacagawea
    (illustrated by Dan Brown)
  • My Writing Day
    (illustrated by Nina Crews)