Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson wrote her first children’s story in college. She enjoyed the process so much that she’s never stopped writing. A former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, she has written more than thirty books and numerous magazine stories. Her recent books include Hothouse Earth: The Climate Crisis and the Importance of Carbon Neutrality, winner of the Green Earth Book Award for young adult nonfiction, and Breakthrough: Katalin Karikó and the mRNA Vaccine. Stephanie and her husband, Richard, live in Virginia.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I had so many favorites, but the one I read over and over was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Anne Tyler, Louise Penny, and Tomie dePaola are among the many, many authors I enjoy.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I fell in love with books at an early age. After I read Little Women, I set my sights on being a writer.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Cultivate a wide array of interests. Make time to work everyday. Nourish your dream by reading broadly and joyfully.