Meet the Author

Joy Cowley

Portrait of Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley began to write for children as a way to help her son with his reading. Since then, she has written more than 400 books for early readers! She was born in the country of New Zealand. She lives there today with her husband and their animals on a farm by the sea.

Cowley enjoys adventure. She has gone swimming with hammerhead sharks. She has ridden on some of the great trains of the world. For her 60th birthday, she went bungi-jumping off a bridge in New Zealand! She also enjoys weaving, fishing, sailing, and playing with her grandchildren.

  • Joy Cowley writes for both children and adults.
  • Three of her books for young people have been made into movies.
  • She has worked as the editor of a children's page in a newspaper.

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Other Books Written by Joy Cowley

  • Mrs. Wishy-Washy
    (illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller)
  • The Rusty, Trusty Tractor
    (illustrated by Olivier Dunrea)
  • Agapanthus Hum & the Eyeglasses
    (illustrated by Jennifer Plecas)
  • Big Moon Tortilla
    (illustrated by Dyanne Strongbow)
  • Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey
    (illustrated by Joe Cepeda)
  • The Video Shop Sparrow
    (illustrated by Gavin Bishop)