Cracked Surface

Children's Book Author


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bio from 1990:

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I've been collecting rocks, thinking about rocks, and writing poems about rocks for a long time.

These are just a few rocks from my collection. I bring these rocks and others to schools and libraries when I visit. Learn more about author visits here.

a little update:

My interests haven't changed much since 1990! I still love writing stories. I also love being in nature. I'm kind of obsessed with rocks, time, the universe, trees, fungi, microbes, and nutrient cycling. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, attended Pomona College, and earned graduate degrees in education and creative writing from the University of Oregon. Now that I'm a grown-up kid, I get to visit schools to teach workshops about writing and science. I love visiting schools, and I'm passionate about affirming and making space for children's curiosity, creativity, and innate connection to the natural world. I'm also an Audubon volunteer and the critique group coordinator for my local chapter of SCBWIA Stone Is a Story is my first picture book (besides those listed above!). My next book, One Day This Tree Will Fall, releases in 2024.


I was in Iceland when the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted. My family and I watched it erupt (from a safe distance!). This is what the lava looked like when it hardened. Read my guest post about the geology of Iceland and its connection to A Stone Is a Story here.

official third-person bio:

Leslie Barnard Booth grew up in the Pacific Northwest, among giant trees and rugged mountains. She attended Pomona College and later earned an MFA in creative writing and an MS in education from the University of Oregon. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves exploring the natural world with her family. A Stone Is a Story is her first picture book. Visit her at