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    Lerner Publishing Group > Author-Illustrator-Details
    About our Author
    Irene Latham
    Irene Latham is a Birmingham poet and novelist who writes heart-touching tales of unexpected adventure. She has also authored two award-winning poetry collections, What Came Before and The Color of Lost Rooms.
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    IRA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award
    Moonbeam Children's Book Award
    NCTE Notable Poetry List
    SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
    Moonbeam Children's Book Award
    NCTE Notable Poetry List
    4 questions for Irene Latham
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    I've always loved books about family, animals, and adventure – Little House On The Prairie , The Black Stallion, James Herriot books. Earlier loves include Horton Hatches The Egg, Waldo The Jumping Dragon, Be Nice To Spiders, Too Many Kittens
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    Only three?! I love so many. But if I must, three that arise right now, this moment: Gary Paulsen, Valerie Worth, E.B. Lewis
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    Writing for me is a way to love the world. Being an author is a way to share that love with others.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    You already have everything you need; look inside your heart and allow your stories – and your life! -- to unfold.