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“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

Meet the Biographers: Paul Brewer and Kathleen Krull

California Library Association interview interview

Illuminating a Life Through Research: Author Interview with Kathleen Krull

Nonfiction Matters

The Children’s Rook Review Interview

The Common Core: Showing Nonfiction the Love by Kathleen Krull

Interesting thoughts from the New York Times

PW’s Helpful Toolkit

The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends

Deconstructing Nonfiction


IRA’s Listen Up! Episode 10 15-minute 2011 interview

Follett Library Resources “Behind the Book” interview

A Conversation with Kathleen Krull 


Kathleen Krull Nonfiction Author Study, a video  by Lisa Snitker

Speaking at the 2004 National Book Festival


Two students at Eagle Hill Middle School do a report

Co-author of MyWorld History: A World History Curriculum by Pearson

Papers now being catalogued at the Kerlan Collection


When I was fifteen, I was fired from my part-time job at the library. 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 children’s publishing and have stayed there ever since. Over the course of eleven years, I worked for four companies as a children’s book editor. While on the job, I wrote mysteries in the Trixie Belden series, a collection of Christmas carols, and a 24-book concept series. Finally I started working at home, writing my own books for young people.

I love getting the chance to explore subjects I’m passionate about, like music, and making them meaningful for kids. I’m nosy about people, for example, and the Lives of ... series allows me to snoop behind the closed doors of some of my favorite groups of (really strange) people.

This series, by the way, is not so different from a book I made when I was ten--it was called Hair-Do's and People I Know and starred strange girls, boys, nuns, trees, and lots of hair.

Other books I've written reflect some of my other interests, and I remain deeply interested in hair.

I am married to children’s book illustrator and sometimes writing partner Paul Brewer and live in San Diego, California. Visit Cricket Books to read about Paul's bestselling joke books. Paul and I have written three books together and have plans for more.

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 a vital and exhilarating field: preserving literacy. One of the benefits of the writing life is that I can't be fired. Especially for reading too much.


For more information, visit  Frequently Asked Questions to read the answers to questions Kathleen Krull's readers most often ask her.

For even more information, please see:

True Blue - Kathleen Krull, by Deborah Stevenson, Editor, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

How do you pronounce her name?

For a video interview, visit Reading Rockets

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Children’s Author Krull Is Honored, La Jolla Village News, August 2005

�Writing Biographies for Inquiring Minds� by Kathleen Krull, Book Links, May 1999

Something About the Author Autobiography Series, Volume 106, 1999 (Gale), Kathleen Krull Life Story from the Neighbors� Point of View

�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

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

Popular Nonfiction Authors for Children (University of Kansas)

Contemporary Authors (Gale)

Seventh Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators (Wilson)

Children�s Literature Review (Gale)
High resolution black and white image of Kathleen Krull (photo credit: Paul Brewer)
High resolution color image of Kathleen Krull (photo credit: Lili Gonzalez)