Elaine Landau

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Award-winning nonfiction children’s book author Elaine Landau has written over 300 books for young readers. She worked as a newspaper reporter, a children’s book editor, and a youth services librarian before becoming a full time author.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

What’s your favorite line from a book?

"All that glitters is not gold."
—The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Elizabeth Partridge, Jane Yolen, and Seymour Simon

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love the written word and I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings with others.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Write as much and as often as you can. Practice makes perfect. Do a lot of reading as well.