TTLG Author/Illustrator Profiles

Sarah Weeks

Sarah Weeks

SARAH WEEKS was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has been writing children's picture books and novels for the past twenty-five years. She is a graduate of Hampshire College and NYU and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the prestigious Writing Program at the New School University in New York City, where she teaches the second year MFA workshop on Writing For Children.

Ms. Weeks is well known for her Early Readers, Picture Books, Middlegrade Chapter Books and Novels for Middlegrade and Young Adult readers. Her two newest titles are MAC AND CHEESE (an I CAN READ book), and PIE -- a novel about a ten-year-old girl Alice, whose aunt Polly (the pie queen of Ipswitch) leaves her secret pie crust recipe to a cat, and the cat to Alice (Scholastic, Fall 2011). Her humorous romp for young middle-grade readers, OGGIE COODER, has now been joined by a sequel, OGGIE COODER, PARTY ANIMAL. Ms Weeks' Young Adult novel, SO B. IT, which continues to be a best seller, was awarded the 2004 Parents Choice Gold medal in addition to numerous state book awards including the Rebecca Caudill Award and the William Allen White Award. Her 30 picture books include such favorites as Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up her Wash and Crocodile Smile as well as two new contributions, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth, and Woof, A Love Story. Ms. Weeks' titles have sold well over a million copies including numerous foreign editions.

In 2005 Sarah helped found A.R.T. (Authors Readers Theatre), a group of authors, which includes Avi, Pam Munoz Ryan, Richard Peck, Katherine Paterson, Brian Selznick, Bruce Coville, Cynthia DeFelice and herself. A.R.T. is now in its sixth season, performing dramatic staged readings at numerous venues throughout the country.

Sarah is a tireless promoter, visiting schools from coast to coast, talking to children (grades K through 8) about writing, reading her books, serving as author-in-residence, and speaking to teachers and librarians at national conferences. She has two grown sons and splits her time between her homes in Nyack, NY and Callicoon Center, NY.


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