Kirby Larson

Kirby LarsonGrowing up, Kirby Larson's best friends were books but she never imagined an ordinary person like her could become a writer. What she loves best about the creative life is that she is always learning something new. That may be why Kirby has tackled a variety of genres from picture books to chapter books to novels. Kirby's historical fiction portfolio includes the 2007 Newbery Honor Award book, Hattie Big Sky and its recent sequel, Hattie Ever After (nominated for the ALSC Notables List), as well as The Friendship Doll, The Fences Between Us and, in fall of 2013, Duke. She and her friend Mary Nethery have collaborated on two award-winning nonfiction picture books: Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival, and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle. Between them, these two books have garnered over 20 State Young Readers Choice Awards. Kirby is delighted to be involved in a brand-new picture book series for American Girl, with titles including Bitty Baby and Me, and Princess Bitty Baby, among others. A lifelong resident of Washington state, Kirby lives in Kenmore with her husband, Neil, and Winston the Wonder Dog. When she is not reading, writing or speaking about writing, she is traveling, beach combing or spoiling her new granddaughter rotten.

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"Amazing! Her warmth and love for children plus your organizational skills really made this our most successful Lacey Loves to Read yet! Thanks to you both."
- Courtney Schrieve, Lacey, Washington

"This was one of the most organized and efficient exchange of interaction I've ever had with a performer. Each assembly was so appropriate and well received. Teachers and students alike raved about the content and Kirby herself. One of the best presentations I've seen in almost 30 years of teaching...Last remark, Kirby is as charming and interesting as her books!"
- Catherine Lindley

"Kirby's presentation was very impressive! She was engaging, funny, honest and very impressive! We loved having her visit our school!"
- Laura Berry, Issaquah