Lenore Appelhans

Adam Bird

Lenore Appelhans is the author of several books for children and teens. Her work has appeared on the Bank Street Best Books list, won a SCBWI Crystal Kite award, and been featured on boxes of Cheerios. Lenore is an ambivert, a proud Slytherpuff, and a world traveler. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in the D.C. area with her family and her manic pixie dream cat.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot.”—David Levithan, Every Day

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Laini Taylor, David Mitchell, M. T. Anderson

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love exploring the way stories shape identity.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?