• Kathi Appelt is the New York Times best-selling author of more than fifty books for children and young adults. Twice her books have been named finalists for the National Book Award (2008 and 2014).  Her picture book, MISS LADY BIRD’S WILDFLOWERS: HOW A FIRST LADY CHANGED AMERICA (HarperCollins, 2005) was given the “Growing Good Kids Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature” and the “Teddy Award,” given each year by the Writer’s League of Texas .  

    In 2003 Appelt won the Irma and Simon Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, given by the Bank Street College of Education, for her picture book BUBBA AND BEAU, BEST FRIENDS (Harcourt Brace, 2002).
    Her first novel, THE UNDERNEATH, a haunting story of love and survival in the pine forests of East Texas, has been described by reviewers as a “classic.” It received the Newbery Honor Book Award, and the PEN USA Literature for Children Award.     
    Her picture book, WHEN OTIS COURTED MAMA (HMH 2015) was named an honor book for the Charlotte Zolotow Award, given by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

    In 2016, she co-authored the middle-grade novel, MAYBE A FOX, with Alison McGhee, which was named to the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, and has been republished in ten foreign editions. Her newest novel for young adults, ANGEL THIEVES, was released in spring, 2019, along with a picture book, MAX ATTACKS (illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan).

     In 2009 Ms. Appelt was presented with the A.C. Greene Award by the Friends of Abilene Public Library, which named her a “Texas Distinguished Author.”
    In addition to writing, Ms. Appelt has served on the faculty in the Masters of Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
    She and her husband Ken live in College Station, TX with five adorable cats, Django, Peach, Chica, Mingus and Ace.  For more information, check her website: www.kathiappelt.com.


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