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    Lerner Publishing Group > Author-Illustrator-Details
    About our Author
    Patricia Newman
    Patricia Newman has a passion for uncovering fascinating aspects about our world and crafting books that lead children on an adventure of discovery. She gravitates toward stories about animals and conservation science and enjoys sharing her excitement with readers. Books include Junior Library Guild Selections Zoo Scientists to the Rescue and Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem; Ebola: Fears and Facts, a Booklist Editor's Choice and an ACL Distinguished Book; Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a Green Earth Book Award winner and finalist for the AAAS/Subaru Science Books and Film Award. She frequently speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences about writing and conservation. She lives in Northern California. Visit her at
    ACL Distinguished Book
    Booklist Editor's Choice
    Booklist Top 10 Science and Health Books for Youth
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Eureka! Children’s Book Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    AAAS/Subaru SB&
    F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Great Lakes Great Books Award
    Green Earth Book Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    5 questions for Patricia Newman
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    For her understated wit, you can't beat Jane Austen's first line of Pride and Prejudice:  "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    Sorry, too hard to choose. I have too many author/illustrator friends and my "favorites" change all the time depending on my mood and my current work-in-progress.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    I am a reader. Always have been. Through reading, I escape to other lives that I will never live. It breaks my heart to hear a child say s/he does not like to read. Reading is how children make sense of the world and broaden their perspective. To that end, I try to write books about cool stuff that will intrigue even the most reluctant reader to open the book and start turning pages.

    Additionally, I did not like to write when I was a kid. My books and school visits are my way of showing how writing can be fun. My goal is to help every child share his/her view of the world through the written word.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Writing is the hardest job I have ever had. If you want to write for children, I suggest you join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators ( for their industry information, the conferences, and the warm, nurturing tribe of like-minded writers and artists.