Marcie Flinchum Atkins

Marcie Flinchum Atkins taught fourth graders about dormancy before becoming an elementary school librarian. She holds an MA and MFA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. She lives with her family in Virginia. You can visit her at:


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Harriet the Spy

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“She resisted and persisted.”—I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Susan Hood, Debbie Levy, Andrea Davis Pinkney

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I read my way around the library as a kid, and I processed all of my thoughts through writing. My love of reading combined with my obsessive writing made it inevitable that I’d eventually become a writer.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read your way around the library. It’s one of life’s great pleasures and it will help you become a better writer.