Actually, books are not safe to read—yesterday I lay down for a half hour after lunch, with a book, and while lying there quietly was stung under the right eye by a tremendous wasp that came along . . .

E.B. White, in a letter to Ursula Nordstrom, Letters of E.B. White, Revised Edition


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Kirby in beretJeanne Birdsall writes for children. Her New York Times best-selling novels about the Penderwick family have collected many honors, including the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and have been translated into over thirty languages.

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book jacket Point MouetteThe fourth Penderwick novel, The Penderwicks in Spring, will be published in March of 2015.

Jeanne has also written and published two pictures books, Flora’s Very Windy Day and Lucky and Squash.

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Find out more about Jeanne’s books, her background, her home and her pets, plus questions people often ask.

Read Jeanne's essay 'Middle Grade Saved My Life' in Horn Book magazine.

Watch Remembering to be a Child: Jeanne Birdsall at TEDxBeaconStreet.