American writer of children's literature. Her books for beginning readers earned her several literary prizes, including a Michigan Bookwoman of the Year honor and a Children's Reading Round Table of Chicago award.
Before beginning work on her popular Dear Dragon children's book series, she taught first grade in Michigan.
Though known mostly as a children's author, she also published poems.
She was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan.
Her literary contemporary and fellow children's book author, Sid Fleischman, became famous for works such as Humbug Mountain and The Whipping Boy.