Edie Stoltz Zolkower

© 2009 R. Zolkower

Edie Stoltz Zolkower grew up in Newington, Connecticut. Most of her childhood was spent playing the flute and reading. Edie graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a degree in psychology. She and her husband met in college, and they recently took a trip to Alaska to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They have one college-aged son. Edie’s hobbies include reading, cooking, long walks, and watching women’s college basketball. Her favorite team is the UCONN Huskies. She is currently back in school working on a second degree in sign language interpretation.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

What’s your favorite line from a book?

"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day."
—Dr. Seuss, The Cat In The Hat

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

I have many favorites, but my top three authors are Cynthia Rylant, Anne Tyler, and J. K. Rowling.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Since reading was one of my favorite things to do as a kid, I wanted to become a part of the book world by creating memorable books. Also, when I was growing up, Jewish books for children—other than textbooks—were almost nonexistent. That inspired me to write Jewish books that kids would want to read over and over again.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Of course, read as much as possible. Also, become a “people person.” That doesn’t mean that you have to become the most popular person around, but you need to interact with people, listen to language and embrace diversity. Being involved in social networks on the internet is not a substitute for real face-to-face interactions with people. Also, stay in school! A good education is the most valuable thing you can have and is something no one can take away from you. Even if it’s a struggle, keep at it and don’t quit. Discover your talents and pursue what truly makes you feel happy, fulfilled, and productive.