Liz Sonneborn

Stuart Moore

Liz Sonneborn has written more than fifty books for children and adults, including several titles for the North American Indian Nations series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Teddy Bear Habit (a great comic novel about a boy in Greenwich Village in the 1960s by James Lincoln Collier, who is much better known for his young adult historical fiction).

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“So I said, ‘Who wants to look at Jackson Pollock if he’s dead?’” (In context, it’s a pretty funny line.)

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Of children’s books, my favorites now are Steve Sheinkin, Candace Fleming, and Deborah Heiligman. My favorite writers of adult books (at least at the moment) are Joan Didion, Pauline Kael, and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Being a writer, particularly of nonfiction, means you are always learning something new.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep at it. Don’t fret too much about whether what you’re doing is any good. Just plug away, and eventually you’ll produce something you’re really proud of.