Clare Hodgson Meeker

Clare Hodgson Meeker is the author of 12 children’s books, including the 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection Rhino Rescue! and the Smithsonian Notable Book Lootas, Little Wave Eater. She lives in Seattle and San Francisco and is a founding member of the indie folk band, The Righteous Mothers.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Secret Garden

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Katherine Applegate, Maurice Sendak, Judy Blume

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I became an author because I wanted to follow my curiosity and love of learning and create stories that would open children’s hearts and minds to this fascinating world we live in.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Reach out of your comfort zone. What may seem strange and even scary at first could be the secret garden you were looking for.