Rebecca L. Johnson

Rebecca L. Johnson writes award-winning nonfiction for children and young adults about scientific discoveries and the scientists who make them. She hopes her books will inspire new generations of scientists by introducing readers to some of the remarkable species with whom we share the planet. Learn more at


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.”—Roald Dahl, The Minpins

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

E.B. White, Kate DiCamillo, Diane Ackerman

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

In a nutshell, I like learning about new things and then sharing what I’ve learned with other people.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read everything you can! Every book is like a door to a new world or a new way of thinking.