Ann Whitford Paul

Ann Whitford Paul the author of the popular IF ANIMALS KISSED GOOD NIGHT (Farrar Straus) (over 200,000 copies sold) that has turned into a series with IF ANIMALS SAID I LOVE YOU, IF ANIMALS CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS and upcoming IF ANIMALS WENT TO SCHOOL. Two more books are under contract IF ANIMALS GAVE THANKS and IF ANIMALS TRIED TO BE KIND. She has authored over 20 other books, one of them EIGHT HANDS ROUND: A Patchwork Alphabet (Harcourt) has been in print for over 25 years. Her book WRITING PICTURE BOOKS: A Hands-on Guide from Story Creation to Publication (Writer’s Digest) is considered a must-have for writers in the field.

Her other books have received many starred reviews and much recognition including NY Times Notable Books, NY Times Best Illustrated Book, Carl Sandburg Award for Children’s Literature, Bank Street College Best Books lists, Notable Science and Social Studies Books, National Parenting Centers Seal of Approval, 2001 Recognition of Merit from the George C. Stone Center for Children’s Books of the Claremont Graduate University and have been nominated for numerous state reading awards.

Ann became inspired to write after years of bedtime reading to her four children. Now her six grandchildren continue to inspire. When not writing, Ann can be found, knitting, needlepointing, quilting, cooking and reading, reading, reading! She also loves watching spiders spin their webs, snails paint their trails and cats play with yarn. You can find out more about Ann at