Meet the Author

Kathryn Lasky

Portrait of Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky was born and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. When she was in school, she was labeled a "reluctant reader." The label was only half right, as she explains: "The truth was that I didn't really like the kind of books they had you reading at school — the 'See Dick, see Jane' books. So I made a voluntary withdrawal from reading in school. But I loved the books my mom was reading to me, books like Peter Pan and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It was stories like these that led her to think up her own stories, although she says, "I never told anyone or showed anyone my stories."

Lasky's interests as a writer range far and wide. To do research for her nonfiction books, she's been everywhere from a sheep-shearing farm, to a dollmaker's workshop, to a small sailboat crossing the Atlantic, to an archaeological dig in South Dakota. She likes writing fiction too, because she can focus on the characters. "I want young readers to come away with a sense of joy about life," she says. "I want to draw them into a world where they're really going to connect with these characters."

Kathryn Lasky says that whatever she's writing, fiction or nonfiction, "the most important thing is if a story is real. Even in my nonfiction books, telling a story is more important than reciting the facts. I am sure a lot of folks must think I'm rather scattered doing all these different books. But to me, the whole point of being an artist is to get up every morning and reinvent the world."

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Other Books Written by Kathryn Lasky

  • Dollmaker: The Eyelight and the Shadow
    (illustrated by Christopher G. Knight)
  • The Night Journey
    (illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman)
  • The Weaver's Gift
  • Jem's Island
    (illustrated by Ronald Himler)
  • Sugaring Time
  • Puppeteer
  • PageantThe Bone Wars
  • Dinosaur Dig
  • Think Like an Eagle: At Work with a Wildlife Photographer
  • Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker
    (illustrated by Nneka Bennett)
  • First Painter
    (illustrated by Rocco Baviera)