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There’s No Such Thing as Reading Too Much

When I was fifteen, I was fired from my part-time job at the library in Wilmette, Illinois. The reason? Reading too much–while I was supposed to be working. Luckily, I had other jobs. One began when I was twelve: playing organ at my church. At seventeen I taught piano lessons to kids in my town. My musical background did inspire many of my books. Another job involved selling doughnuts and cupcakes at a bakery, which hasn’t led to any books so far.

Then, the day after I graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, I began a career in publishing. I worked for four companies as a children’s book editor. While on the job, I wrote mysteries in the Trixie Belden series and other books. Finally I started working at home, writing my own books. I love getting the chance to explore subjects I’m passionate about, like history, music, and extraordinary people.

I am married to children’s book illustrator and sometimes writing partner Paul Brewer and live in San Diego, California.

As a child I thought books were the most important thing in the world, and that perception is actually more intense now. I’m grateful, for so many reasons, to be able to work in this exhilarating field: preserving literacy. One of the benefits of the writing life is that I can’t be fired. Especially for reading too much.

FAQs

“Amid an oeuvre of generally high achievement, this is Krull’s most singular accomplishment: to bring her unpatronizing enthusiasm and effective storytelling to critical thinking itself. “

True Blue – Kathleen Krull,” by Deborah Stevenson, Editor, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Teachers looking for quality nonfiction as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will discover in this sampling of titles that Kathleen Krull has been writing fascinating informational titles for young readers decades before the CCSS became a household word.”
Kathleen Krull: An Author to Study, SLJ

Kathleen Krull and Her Process by Kimberly Weinberger for Scholastic

Wikipedia

Kathleen Krull: Gossipy and Generous!

Marc Aronson’s Nonfiction Matters

Kathleen Krull: Children’s Author slide show 

Speaking at the 2004 National Book Festival

TeachingBooks.net

The Many Lives of Kathleen Krull, by Teri Lesesne, Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals, Sept-Oct 1998

Something About the Author

Popular Nonfiction Authors for Children (University of Kansas)

Contemporary Authors (Gale)

Seventh Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators (Wilson)

Children’s Literature Review (Gale)

Writing Biographies for Inquiring Minds, Book Links, May 1999

The Common Core: Showing Nonfiction the Love

It Keeps You Off the Street (on the importance of diaries) in Speaking of Journals: Children’s Book Writers Talk About Their Diaries (Boyds Mills), edited by Paula Graham

 

 

 

 

Using Kathleen Krull Books as Mentor Texts

 

“If I were an administrator or literacy coach in a middle school, I would encourage my faculty to conduct a school-wide author study of Kathleen Krull.”

–HHP Literacy and Literature for Young Adults – new link is http://hhpcommunities.com/youngadultlit/author-studies/kathleen-krull/

 

Any of Kathleen Krull’s many titles are like a master class.

–Pat Miller

Link to http://www.patmillerbooks.com/blog/get-a-free-writing-coach

 

Read, Talk, Write: 35 Lessons That Teach Students to Analyze Fiction and Nonfiction, by Laura Robb, Corwin 2016 – link to https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/read-talk-write/book249342

 

Teaching Nonfiction Writing: A Practical Guide: Strategies and Tips From Leading Authors Translated Into Classroom-Tested Lessons, by Laura Robb, Scholastic 2010

https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Nonfiction-Writing-Strategies-Classroom-Tested/dp/0545239664/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475430035&sr=1-9&keywords=teaching+nonfiction+writing

“If I were an administrator or literacy coach in a middle school, I would encourage my faculty to conduct a school-wide author study of Kathleen Krull.”
HHP Literacy and Literature for Young Adults

Any of Kathleen Krull’s many titles are like a master class.
Pat Miller

Read, Talk, Write: 35 Lessons That Teach Students to Analyze Fiction and Nonfiction, by Laura Robb, Corwin 2016

Teaching Nonfiction Writing: A Practical Guide: Strategies and Tips From Leading Authors Translated Into Classroom-Tested Lessons, by Laura Robb, Scholastic 2010