ABOUT ANNE BUSTARD

  • Born in Hawaii, author Anne Bustard is still a beach girl at
    heart. If she could, she would walk by the ocean every day, wear flip-flops, and eat nothing but fresh pineapple, macadamia nuts and chocolate. 

    Anne loves school. And she has a lot of degrees to prove it. Three came from the University of Texas at Austin (BS, MLIS, PhD). Her most recent one, and she believes her last, is an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young adults. 

    Children’s books have always been central to her life. When she taught in elementary schools and universities, she always used literature. Anne co-owned Toad Hall Children’s Bookstore in Austin, Texas, too. As a bookseller, she loved opening up new boxes of books, telling others about them, and running a summer writing program for children. 

    Anne is the author of non-fiction works for young readers including the award-winning Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). Her debut middle grade historical novel Anywhere But Paradise (Lerner), was a WILLA Literary Award finalist and a Texas Institute of Letters finalist.

    In 2020, her next middle grade novel, Blue Skies (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) and first fiction picture book, RAD! illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (Abrams Books for Young Readers) will be published. 

    Anne lives with her husband near a lake. She divides her time between Ontario, Canada, and Austin, Texas.  

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