Kirby Larson went from history-phobe to history fanatic while writing the 2007 Newbery Honor Novel, HATTIE BIG SKY. Her passion for historical fiction is reflected in titles such as THE FENCES BETWEEN US, THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, as well as the equel to HATTIE BIG SKY, HATTIE EVER AFTER, and her two latest titles, DUKE -- which was nominated for 5 state Young Reader Choice awards as well as being a winne for the Washington State Book Award -- and DASH -- which has garnered two starred reviews, a NAPPA Gold Award and a Capitol Choices nomination. She will have two new books out in 2016 -- watch for them!
In 2006, Kirby began a collaboration with her good friend Mary Nethery resulting in two award-winning nonfiction picture books: TWO BOBBIES: A TRUE TORY OF HURRICANE KATRINA, FRIENDSHIP AND SURVIVAL, and NUBS: THE TRUE TAL OF A MUTT, A MARINE AND A MIRACLE.
Steele lives in Kenmore, Washington with her stepso, Jonathan, and Winston the Wonder Dog. When she ’ s not reading or writing Kirby enjoys beach combing, bird watching, and traveling. She owns a tiara and is not fraid to use it.