Judy Sierra is the author of 35 books for children, and several more for adults. As a child, she loved books and stories, in fact, she loved stories and storytelling so much that when she was old enough, she got a Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA . Before she became a full-time writer, Judy worked as a children’s librarian, a storyteller, a puppeteer, and a college professor. Her original tales in rhyme and her anthologies of folktales have received accolades including the International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Children’s Choice Award, the American Folklore Society’s Aesop Prize, and the Association of Booksellers for Children’s E.B. White Read-Aloud Prize. Four of her books have been listed as Notable Books by the American Library Association, and two—Antarctic Antics and Wild About Books—have been New York Times picture book bestsellers. Judy lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Bob Kaminski, and their dog, Keiko.
Judy has been a featured speaker at the National Book Festival, Washington DC; Southern Festival of the Book, Nashville TN; Wordstock, Portland OR; Texas Book Festival, Austin TX; American Library Association Children’s Preconference; International Reading Association Annual Conference; National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference; United States Army Europe Libraries; and state and local library, reading, booksellers and writers' conferences.