Laura B. Edge

Laura B. Edge was born just north of Chicago in Waukegan, Illinois. She grew up in a big Italian-Irish family with lots of brothers and sisters. She loves to read, travel, dance, ride horses, and watch basketball games. Laura received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin and studied abroad with the American Institute of Foreign Study. Laura has taught reading and writing in elementary schools, middle schools, and at a community college. In addition to teaching, Laura has worked as a computer programmer and owned and operated a computer training company. Laura uses her love of history to create books that bring the past to life. She enjoys research and uncovering little known facts.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Charlotte’s Web

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” —E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Mark Twain, E.B. White, J. K. Rowling

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

When my sons were little, they loved to curl up with me and listen to picture books. As they grew older, they became more interested in sports and electronics and less interested in reading. I wanted to create books older readers could enjoy and help spark their lifelong love of reading.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read, read, read. Write, write, write. And don’t give up!