Wendy Pfeffer

Photo by Olan

Wendy Pfeffer has had 35 children’s books published, with six more under contract. Wendy comes by writing and her love of words naturally, since her grandfather was an author as well as a doctor. Her father was a math professor, with a hobby that focused on the origin of words and phrases. A Log’s Life (Simon & Schuster) won the Jon Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award and The Giverny Award for the Best Children’s Science Book. Awards for other books: Booklist, Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, American Booksellers’ Pick of the List, and NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children. Various titles: From Tadpole to Frog, What’s it Like to Be a Fish?, Wiggling Worms at Work, and Dolphin Talk (HarperCollins). A fascinating four-book series begins with The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice (Dutton). Wendy’s books are in Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Wendy enjoys visiting schools where she makes presentations and conducts creative writing workshops. She is a member of the SCBWI, The Rutgers Council on Children’s Literature, Savvy Marketers, Bucks County Authors of Books for Children, and The Authors Guild.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Little Women

What’s your favorite line from a book?

From Charlotte’s Web: “It’s not often that someone comes along who is a good friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Sharon Creech, E. B. White, Robin Brickman

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

My father gave me a great love of words and the curiosity to find out their derivations.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Persistance. Write, rewrite, and rewrite until you’re sure it’s the best you can do.