Trudy Harris

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Trudy Harris writes books that both educate and entertain. She has written a number of successful math concept books, including: Pattern Bugs, 20 Hungry Piggies, Jenny Found a Penny, The Clock Struck One, and Tally Cat Keeps Track. Trudy loves reading picture books to her grandchildren and to her elementary students in Idaho Falls, Idaho.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I loved anything by Dr. Seuss.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Some days are like that. Even in Australia.” —Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
I occasionally used that line with my own children when they would complain about something picky.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Of course my favorite illustrator is my son, Andrew N. Harris. My husband, Jay M. Harris, is also an author; so he’s definitely at the top of my list. Beyond that, it is hard for me to pick a favorite author or illustrator because I like so many books for so many different reasons.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Although I’ve always loved creating and telling stories, I first became serious about writing when I realized that my ideas for classroom books would also be helpful to other teachers. In 1997, I couldn’t find any book to help celebrate our 100th day of school. I sent the manuscript for 100 Days of School to Millbrook Press—and my writing career began.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Be patient and enjoy the process!