Janet Piehl

Photo by Richard Piehl

Janet Piehl lives in Evanston, Illinois, and is a children’s librarian. She grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and attended Macalester College. Janet has lived, among other places, in the Twin Cities and France. She got her start as a writer working in the editorial department of Lerner. Janet liked the research aspect of writing and editing so much that she became a librarian. Now she helps kids find and use books just like the ones she writes!


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

What’s your favorite line from a book?

—Mo Willems, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Mo Willems, Nick Hornby, John Green

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

At first, I just liked telling stories. Later, I wanted a way to organize my thoughts about various subjects and share them with kids in a way that gets them interested in and excited about the world around them.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Never give up and always do your research.