Marie-Therese Miller writes nonfiction books for children and teens. Her most recent books include Handling Depression, Crayola Our Colorful Earth: Celebrating the Natural World, It’s All Art: From Drawing to Dress-Up with Sesame Street, and A Dog’s Best Friend: A Sesame Street Guide to Caring for Your Dog. Miller earned her PhD in English from St. John’s University, where her academic focus was James Thurber and humor. She teaches Children’s and YA Literature at Marist College. Miller and her husband, John, have five children and a grandson.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
It is so difficult to choose just one, but I would have to say Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“Name some towns in New Jersey quick!” From James Thurber’s hilarious tale, “More Alarms at Night.”
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
James Thurber, Jane Yolen, Judy Blume, and I’m going to sneak in Mary Higgins Clark
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
Each night, I read books to my children. It was such a magical time. I wanted to write books for other parents and children to share in their cozy moments.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Produce excellent writing and be persistent with submitting. Remain hopeful.