Author & Illustrator

Sara Cassidy

This is Sara Cassidy’s tenth book for children. Her books have been short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and two were Junior Library Guild selections. For more information, visit

Most Recent Book
The Moon Is a Silver Pond book

Impact of reading in my life

Reading is a mirror, a magnifying glass, a cozy blanket, a heart-starter, a mind-igniter. I read non-fiction, poetry and fiction, and that has made my life richer. It has taught me to look carefully at the world, as writers do, and to feel it deeply, as writers do. It has made me listen to people, to enjoy language, to wonder and ask and argue and seek -- as writers do.

"About" via Orca Fall 2018 catalog


What do you do when you're in need of some inspiration?

I read. Reading is like priming the pump. Sometimes it helps me to read something historical -- that takes place in the past or was written in the past. It chases away the distracting buzz of the digital age.

What do you hope young readers experience from your work?

I hope readers have a bit of fun and learn a few things, but most importantly, I want them to realize that how they see the world is valid and matters.

Do you have a favorite children’s book?

I have several. The Secret Garden (for the sense of place and privacy and nature). From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (for the intelligence and adventure). Burnt Toast on Davenport Street (for the silliness of it). Katherine Rundell's Rooftoppers (for the beautiful sentences). Anything by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and Shirley Hughes (they know just what kids are like). Mouse Trouble by John Yeoman (fun!). Alpha, by Isabelle Arsenault....

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

Hiking, swimming, making collages, trying to draw, watching birds, playing Scrabble, adventuring and playing pool.

What is a goal you'd like to accomplish, either within the field of children's literature, or outside it?

I would love to write a book that raises a lot of money to help kids recover from war.

How did you come to the realization that you wanted to write/illustrate children's books professionally?

I don't know that I ever did. I had young children when I started, and it just seemed to be the language I was living in. I had been writing for magazines and newspapers, and some fiction for adults, before I had children and saw again how deep the world can be.

When is your favorite time to work?

Usually when I have other more necessary things to do -- like the laundry or my taxes or the yard.

board Books

chapter Books

belonging · historical fiction
activism · sleuthing · leadership
illness · immigration · problem solving · community
The Great Googlini
Black Gold
moving · friendship · farm · family
Blackberry Juice
friendship · bullying
A Boy Named Queen
baseball · family · change
Double Play
art · family
Seeing Orange
activism · homelessness · death · school


Charlene Chua
Helen Flook
Josee Bisaillon
Mike Deas
Amy Meissner
Join Our Kids Book Club
Learn More