Calista Brill

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Calista Brill is a writer and editor based in New York City. She writes stories about boats, cats, dragons, construction equipment, elephants, and many other things. She likes reading comic books, sewing quilts, and eating lime Popsicles. Visit her on Twitter @calistabrill.

Calista Brill Website
Most Recent Book
Cat Wishes book

Fun Facts about Calista

- I live in New York City, and I can see the Hudson River out of my window. Did you know it flows in two directions? It's very beautiful.

- I used to have pink hair. I hope to have pink hair again!

- I once smuggled kittens into the Flatiron Building.

- The most satisfying creative project I ever completed was copying a quilt my grandmother had made, and giving it to my mom for the holidays.

- I love writing children's books because I love stories, and children have the best taste for stories.

- I love writing children's books because I like having restrictions on my writing. If I were braver, I'd write sonnets. But I'm not sonnet-brave... I'm only picture-book-brave.


Do you have a favorite children’s book?

Harriet the Spy is a book that meant a great deal to me as a child, and means as much—or maybe even more—to me as an adult. But not at all for the same reasons! Great books work for readers of all ages, and Harriet the Spy is one of the greatest.

Outside of writing/illustrating, what activities do you enjoy?

I love baking, sewing, and setting off model rockets. Those things go REALLY HIGH! I strongly recommend them, but only if you have access to a HUGE field.

What advice do you have for parents and others who are trying to raise readers?

There's no such thing as a "real" book (or maybe what I mean is there's no such thing as "not a real book"). Reading is reading, and stories are stories, no matter where you find them or how they're presented. I'm a huge fan of comics and graphic novels, and it breaks my heart when I hear parents telling their kids they have to read a "real" book instead of a comic—some of the richest, most challenging, and most rewarding literature for kids today is being created in the graphic novel format.

picture Books

Cat Wishes book
wishes · cats · fairy tales · friendship
Cat Wishes
vehicles · boats · bullying · friendship
Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue


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