Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer, as well as The Good-Pie PartyHappy Birthday, Bunny!; Noodle & Lou, and several others. Ms. Scanlon is also a poet, a teacher and a frequent & popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. She grew up in Colorado and Wisconsin, and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Austin, Texas.

What Do You Want to Know About Liz Garton Scanlon?

She was raised in Vail, Colorado, with her Mom, Dad, sister, two dogs and two horses. (Her sister would say that Liz was the bossy one.)

As a teenager Liz moved to Wisconsin, where she went to both high school and college. Since then, she has lived in Ohio; London, England; Colorado again; California, and Austin, Texas where she’s been now for many years.

Growing up, she read all the Little House books, a lot of Judy Blume and Nancy Drew, and everything her grandfather got in his book-of-the-month club. Her favorite picture books were Patrick Will Grow, by Gladys Baker Bond, and The Big Tidy Up, by Norah Smaridge. And, oh how she loved the elevator page in Eloise.

Liz wrote an overly long autobiography in 2nd grade, earned a degree in journalism, edited a poetry journal, taught English, and created corporate marketing communications before she finally landed with a thump in the world of children’s literature – where she plans to stay for a long, long time.

Liz has two daughters, and it was reading to them when they were small that inspired her to try writing for kids. Her first book was A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Her second book, All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, won a Caldecott Honor and became a New York Times bestseller.

Each and every illustrator Liz has worked with has been supremely talented and magical (including Robin Preiss Glasser, Marla Frazee, Arthur Howard, Vanessa Newton, Stephanie Graegin, Ashley Wolff, Matt Cordell and more). Liz is pretty sure she’s the luckiest author alive in this regard.

When she’s not writing, Liz travels, reads, runs and hikes (preferably with her dog), practices yoga, and spends time with her husband and their two terrific teenage daughters.

 

What Else Do You Want to Know?

Liz has dozens of cousins, very curly hair, a little bit of a Midwestern accent, and she’s darn good at shuffling cards.