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Bio from 1990


Fast Forward 

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, crows, fungi, microbes, and nutrient cycling. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from 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, libraries, and nature centers to teach about writing and science. I'm passionate about affirming and making space for children's curiosity, creativity, and innate connection to the natural world. A Stone Is a Story is my first picture book (besides those listed above!). My next book, One Day This Tree Will Fall, releases March 26, 2024.

Official Third-Person Bio

Leslie Barnard Booth writes lyrical picture books about science and nature. She is the author of A Stone Is a Story (Simon & Schuster/McElderry), a Kids' Indie Next pick and NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, and the forthcoming picture books One Day This Tree Will Fall (Simon & Schuster/McElderry) and I Am We: A Story of Survival (Chronicle). She has taught at preschool, elementary, and college levels and holds an MFA in creative writing and an MS in education from the University of Oregon.

Leslie grew up in Washington State, among giant trees and rugged mountains, and as a child her pockets were always full of rocks. She is now a mom to two daughters, and her children often inspire her creative work. She learns a lot from watching how they approach nature—the way they pause, crouch, and look closely at even the littlest, humblest creatures. Thanks to them, she's relearned what children seem to know intuitively: that every snail, stone, and clump of moss is full of wonder, if only we take the time to look.

Leslie lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at

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"The earth is what we all have in common."
—Wendell Berry

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