Norah Dooley

Norah Dooley is a storyteller and children’s author. Norah’s widely acclaimed picture books, Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Serves Soup, and Everybody Brings Noodles, (Carolrhoda) are four titles in a series about her former neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Norah has performed as a featured storyteller in the Cambridge River Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Albany NY River Festival, 3 Apples Storytelling Festival, Christmas and Spring Revels in Cambridge, and and at the Clearwater Festival. Norah presents workshops and stories for people of all ages throughout New England and also in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Phoenix. She has published six spoken word CDs, and she is the co-founder of, a 501c3 promoting the timeless art of storytelling through social media, education, and live performance. Norah was described as “an entrancing storyteller” by Scott Alarik in the Boston Globe.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

As a child I was very shy. I loved all the Curious George books because he did what I would never dare.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” —Charles Dickens

Isn’t it always?

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Patricia Polacco, Vera Williams, Peter J. Thornton

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I started writing to create books for our children and our friends on the block to try to accurately portray our lives together.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

1. Write because you love what you are writing about.
2. Never give up.
3. Don’t quit the day job.