Meet the Author

Robert D. San Souci

Portrait of Robert D. San Souci

Robert San Souci has enjoyed listening to stories since he was a small boy. Even more, he has enjoyed retelling his own version of those stories to others. He wrote his first book when he was in second grade, and his brother Daniel illustrated it. Together they made eight copies of the book and gave them to family members. The brothers proved to be a good team. Even now Daniel San Souci often illustrates Robert's published books.

Robert San Souci is fascinated by folktales from around the world. He says, "These tales often remind us how alike we are — yet, at the same time, they affirm how wonderful it is that people have so many different, imaginative, and insightful ways of making sense of the world and celebrating its wonders." His own books are retellings of tales from cultures all over the world.


Besides sharing the talent of creativity, Robert and Daniel San Souci also share something else: their birthdate. Although Daniel is two years younger than Robert, both brothers were born on October 10!


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Other Books Written by Robert D. San Souci

  • The Legend of Scarface: A Blackfeet Indian Tale
    (illustrated by Daniel San Souci)
  • The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South
    (illustrated by Jerry Pinkney)
  • The Firebird
    (illustrated by Kris Waldherr)
  • Larger Than Life: The Adventures of American Legendary Heroes
    (illustrated by Andrew Glass)
  • The Samurai's Daughter: A Japanese Legend
    (illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson)
  • Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend
    (illustrated by Max Ginsburg)
  • Pedro and the Monkey
    (illustrated by Michael Hays)
  • Young Guinevere
    (illustrated by Jamichael Henterly)
  • The Hired Hand: An African-American Folktale
    (illustrated by Jerry Pinkney)
  • Sootface: An Ojibwa Cinderella Story
    (illustrated by Daniel San Souci)
  • A Weave of Words: An Armenian Tale
    (illustrated by Raul Colón)
  • Fa Mulan: The Story of a Woman Warrior
    (illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng)
  • Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure
    (illustrated by Sally Wern Comport)
  • Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale
    (illustrated by Sergio Martinez)