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    Lerner Publishing Group > Author-Illustrator-Details
    About our Author
    Stephanie McPherson
    Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, a former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Stephanie and her husband Richard live in Virginia but also call California home.
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    ALA Notable Children's Books
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    SSLI Book Award
    VOYA Nonfiction Honor List
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
    PLA Top Titles for Adult New Readers
    Sequoyah Book Award
    5 questions for Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    I had so many favorites, but the one I read over and over was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    From Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux:: “’Once upon a time,’” he said out loud to the darkness. He said these words because they were the best, the most powerful words that he knew and just the saying of the comforted him.”
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    It’s hard to draw a limit at three, but I especially enjoy Louise Penny, Maya Angelou, and Kate De Camillo.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    As a child, I loved reading stories so much that I couldn’t bear the thought of not writing them too. The encouragement of my parents and a wonderful professor in college kept me focused on the goal
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Cultivate a wide array of interests. Make time to work everyday. Nourish your dream by reading broadly and joyfully.