Robin Nelson

Robin Nelson’s careers have always kept her surrounded by books—as an elementary teacher, working at a publishing company, and now working as a school library media specialist. But her favorite job is writing books for kids. She has written many nonfiction books for children. She lives with her family in Minneapolis.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Where the Wild Things Are and The Westing Game

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“‘After all this time?’ ‘Always,’ said Snape.”—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

J. K. Rowling, Sarah Dessen, Jason Reynolds

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have always been a reader and researcher—my first nonfiction “book” was a report about whales I wrote in 4th grade. I love stories and learning new things! I thought that writing would be a fun way to share information with kids in new, interesting ways.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read and write as much as you can!