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Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky

American children's writer
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Intro American children's writer
Countries United States of America
Occupations Writer Novelist Children's writer
Gender female
Birth June 24, 1944 (Indianapolis)
Education University of Michigan
The details

Kathryn Lasky (born June 24, 1944) is an American children's writer who also writes for adults under the names Kathryn Lasky Knight and E. L. Swann. Her children's books include several Dear America books, The Royal Diaries books, Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, Wolves of the Beyond, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.


Kathryn Lasky grew up in Indianapolis, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College.

Her awards include being the 2011 winner of the Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature.

Her 2011 book Silk and Venom: Searching for a Dangerous Spider is about the arachnologist Greta Binford.


Camp Princess

  • Born To Rule
  • Unicorns? Get Real!

The Royal Diaries

  • Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France 1553
  • Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France 1769
  • Jahanara: Princess of Princesses, India 1627
  • Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven, Japan 1858

Dear America

  • A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620
  • Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903
  • Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1932
  • A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C., 1917
  • Blazing West: The Journal of Augustus Pelletier, Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804

My America

  • Hope In My Heart: Sofia's Immigrant Diary (also known as Hope In My Heart, Sofia's Ellis Island Diary)
  • Home at Last: Sofia's Immigrant Diary
  • An American Spring: Sofia's Immigrant Diary

Daughters of the Sea

  • Hannah
  • May
  • Lucy
  • The Crossing

Horses of the Dawn

  1. The Escape (2014)
  2. Star Rise (2014)
  3. Wild Blood (2016)

Starbuck Family Adventures

  • Double Trouble Squared
  • Shadows in the Water
  • A Voice in the Wind

Guardians of Ga'Hoole

  1. The Capture (also published as a movie tie-in edition in the UK as Legend of the Guardians)
  2. The Journey
  3. The Rescue
  4. The Siege
  5. The Shattering
  6. The Burning
  7. The Hatchling
  8. The Outcast
  9. The First Collier
  10. The Coming of Hoole
  11. To Be a King
  12. The Golden Tree
  13. The River of Wind
  14. Exile
  15. The War of the Ember
  • The Rise of a Legend (2013) (this is a prequel to the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series about Ezylryb)

Two guide books were released to give readers more insight into the world of Hoole. They are narrated by the owl Otulissa.

  • A Guide Book to the Great Tree (2007)
  • Lost Tales of Ga'Hoole (2010)

Wolves Of The Beyond

  • Lone Wolf
  • Shadow Wolf
  • Watch Wolf
  • Frost Wolf
  • Spirit Wolf
  • Star Wolf

The Deadlies

  • Felix Takes the Stage
  • Spiders on the Case


  • Dancing Through Fire (2005)

Standalone titles

  • The Last Girls of Pompeii
  • Blood Secret
  • Broken Song (companion to The Night Journey)
  • Star Split (1999) (Published in German as 3038: Staat der Klone)
  • Alice Rose and Sam
  • True North
  • Beyond the Burning Time
  • Memoirs of a Bookbat
  • The Bone Wars
  • Pageant
  • Beyond the Divide
  • The Night Journey (1982 winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature)
  • Prank
  • Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian
  • Ashes
  • Chasing Orion
  • Home Free

Children young adults non-fiction

  • John Muir: America's First Environmentalist
  • Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles
  • Silk and Venom: Searching for a Dangerous Spider (2011) Candlewick. ISBN 978-0-7636-4222-8
  • Shadows in the Dawn: The Lemurs of Madagascar
  • The Most Beautiful Roof in the World
  • Sugaring Time
  • Days of the Dead
  • Searching for Laura Ingalls
  • Monarchs
  • Surtsey: The Newest Place on Earth
  • Dinosaur Dig
  • Traces of Life: The Origins of Humankind
  • A Baby for Max

Picture books

  • Lunch Bunnies
  • Show and Tell Bunnies
  • Science Fair Bunnies
  • Tumble Bunnies
  • Lucille's Snowsuit
  • Lucille Camps In
  • Starring Lucille
  • Pirate Bob
  • Humphrey, Albert, and the Flying Machine
  • Before I was Your Mother
  • The Man Who Made Time Travel
  • A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
  • Love That Baby
  • Mommy's Hands
  • Porkenstein
  • Born in the Breezes: The Voyages Of Joshua Slocum
  • Vision of Beauty
  • First Painter
  • The Emperor's Old Clothes
  • Sophie and Rose
  • Marven of the Great North Woods (1997 winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Children's Picture Books. January 2013 selection by the PJ Library.)
  • A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain
  • Hercules: The Man, The Myth, The Hero
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
  • She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!
  • The Gates of the Wind
  • Pond Year
  • Cloud Eyes
  • I Have an Aunt on Marlborough Street
  • Sea Swan
  • My Island Grandma


Other than 'Night Gardening all Lasky's works for adult readers are under the name Kathryn Lasky Knight.

  • Atlantic Circle (1985) (Memoir about Lasky and her husband, Chris Knight, covering their childhood years on to a trip shortly their getting married sailing a thirty-foot ketch from Maine to Europe and back.)
  • The Widow of Oz (1989)
  • Night Gardening (1999) (written under the pseudonym of E.L. Swann)

Calista Jacobs mystery

This series for adult readers was also written under the name Kathryn Lasky Knight.

  • Trace Elements (1986)
  • Mortal Words (1990)
  • Mumbo Jumbo (1991)
  • Dark Swan (1994)

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