Leslie Kimmelman

Leslie Kimmelman is an award-winning author of dozens of books for children, both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in Ardsley, New York.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Charlotte’s Web, and it still is. Close behind was The Secret Garden and the Edgar Eager books.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” (Second place: Practically any line from Winnie-the-Pooh.)

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

E. B. White, Mo Willems, R. J. Palacio, Dave Eggers, Ian Falconer (and way too many others to name)

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have loved books from the moment I could read. It is a dream come true to be able to create them. The only thing better would be if I could draw, too!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read, read, read! Be open to new experiences! Have fun!