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 Another Way to Climb a Tree, In the Canyon, Bob, Not Bob (co-authored with Audrey Vernick), and several others. Ms. Scanlon serves on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a frequent and popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

What Do You Want to Know About Liz Garton Scanlon?

She grew up 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’s 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 Judy Blume and Nancy Drew books she could get her hands on, along with 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. Not to mention that elevator page in the Eloise!

Liz wrote an overly long autobiography in 2nd grade, earned degrees in journalism and English, edited a poetry journal, taught at a community college, and created corporate marketing communications before landing happily in the world of children’s literature.

Liz has two daughters, and it was reading to them that inspired her to write for kids. Her first book was A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glass and published in 2004. Her next book, All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, won a Caldecott Honor and numerous other accolades. Those books paved the way for many more since.

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, Hadley Hooper, Chris Raschka and Lee White. Liz is pretty sure she’s the luckiest author alive in this regard.

Liz is proud to serve on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing or teaching, Liz travels, reads, runs with her dog, and tries to beat her family at board games.

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.