Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari is an author who lives in northern Virginia with her family and dog.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Scuttle the Stowaway Mouse by Jean Conder Soule & Nancy Soule

What’s your favorite line from a book?

From Kyo Maclear’s Birds, Art, Life: “I want for every overextended person in my life stretches of unclaimed time and solitude away from the tyranny of the clock, vast space to get bored and lost, waking dreams that take us beyond the calculative surface of things.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Louise Erdrich, Felicita Sala, Jen Bryant

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love writing about the things that inspire my curiosity, wonder, and awe and sharing them with kids.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read-read-read; write-write-write; and don’t forget to play!