ABOUT JOANNE WETZEL
I grew up as an Air Force brat. I’ve lived in ten states and on the Greek island of Crete. My picture book, The Christmas Box (Alfred A. Knopf), is the story of how my family was together at Christmas even though my father was stationed thousands of miles away. It was named a Noteworthy Book for Children by Bank Street College of Education. My next picture book, My First Day at Mermaid School, will be published by Knopf in 2018.
I saw my first play, Peter Pan, on Broadway when I was seven. The children flew! Ever since I’ve known something magical might happen in a theater at any moment. When I saw another magical play, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I vowed to see a production of every one of his plays. So far I’ve seen 39. My first book, OnstageBackstage (Carolrhoda), co-written with Caryn Huberman, was a photoessay about the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. My middle grade novel, Playing Juliet (Sky Pony Press), is also set in a children’s theater.
I’ve served as the SCBWI Regional Advisor for San Francisco and South, and began The Traveling Storytime at the Redwood City Library. It’s volunteers have made over 250,00 child visits reading to preschoolers in day care facilities.