Stephanie Calmenson

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Stephanie Calmenson was an elementary school teacher, children’s book editor, and Editorial Director of the Parents Magazine Press before turning to writing full time. Her books have been called “marvelous” (Publishers Weekly), “lyrical” (School Library Journal), “hilarious” (School Library Journal), and “sweet, funny, and right on the mark” (Booklist). Her most popular titles include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS StoryTime Book; The Principal’s New Clothes; Late for School!; Welcome, Baby!; and Rosie, A Visiting Dog’s Story. She has collaborated on anthologies and chapter books with Joanna Cole, author of the Magic School Bus series, and with Ann Martin creator of The Baby-sitter’s Club series.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

What’s your favorite line from a book?

"…and it was still hot."
—Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Ruth Kraus, Margaret Wise Brown, Maurice Sendak

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Writing children’s books brings together my love of children, language and, as often as possible, laughter.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

It’s best when creators of children’s books think about the children rather than the market. Once you get the kid thing right, the market will follow.