Marsha Wilson Chall

Marsha Wilson Chall has published a children’s chapter book and many picture books, including Pick a Pup, One Pup’s Up, and Up North at the Cabin. Her books have received numerous awards: an International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice Award, American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, Parents Choice, NAPPA Gold Award, and Smithsonian Notable recognition.

When she’s not writing or sharing her love of good books at schools or conferences, she enjoys teaching in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University. She has two grown children and lives on a small farm west of Minneapolis with her husband, dog, and barn cats.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Little House on the Prairie

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Cynthia Rylant, Chris Van Allsburg, William Steig

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I believe that we discover ourselves through stories. As a writer, I write to find out what I believe and what I still want to know.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read, read, read! Write, write, write!