Deborah Blumenthal

Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist, and the author of twenty-three books for adults and children. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times. Her feature stories have appeared in a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, and Woman’s Day. Deborah lives in New York City.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I was hooked on Nancy Drew books

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

In the children’s book world, Margaret Wise Brown, Jane Yolen, Arnold Lobel.

Illustrators: Kadir Nelson, Laura Freeman, Chris Van Allsburg

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

It just happened. My youngest daughter had a horrible tantrum, so out of frustration I went home and wrote a story about it. That launched my career: The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read as much as you can, keep writing and rewriting and never let rejections get you down.