As soon as Joanne Rocklin learned to hold a pencil she began writing poems, stories, and diaries. She loved reading her stories and library books to her two younger sisters and has always lived within walking distance of a library. Joanne has written more than 15 books for children. She gives frequent talks to classroom and adult audiences, and has been a speaker for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the California Reading Association, and UCLA Extension. Joanne has worked as a licensed psychologist and an elementary school teacher and now writes full time. She was a participant as a Writer-in-Residence in the 1995 University of Southern California Project, a collaborative university-school program to improve student writing and the teaching of writing in the classroom. She is on the Advisory Committee for the Museum of Tolerance “Once Upon A World” Storytelling Program of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and is a founding member of California Readers. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Joanne Rocklin has two grown sons, Michael and Eric, and live in Los Angeles with her husband, Gerry, and three cats.