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A video interview with

Kathleen Krull

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Bio

Since she was a young girl, Kathleen Krull has always known that she wanted to be a writer. In the second grade she wrote short stories and poems. At age ten, she wrote a book called "Hair-Do's and People I Know". As a teenager, she worked at the public library until she got fired for reading on the job.

Krull studied English at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. After graduation she worked as a children's book editor in the Midwest. While editing for different publishers, she learned about the industry and wrote books as an in-house author. After a decade of editorial work, Krull moved to San Diego and eventually settled into her new career as a children's book author.

Over the years, Kathleen Krull has mastered the art of writing high-interest informational books for children. Through her award-winning "Lives of…" series, Krull humanizes many of history's most important writers, artists, musicians, athletes, and leaders. Krull has also won awards for her compelling, well-researched picture books like Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman and Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Her most recent series, "Giants of Science", offers middle school readers an in-depth look at famous scientists like Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci.

Krull lives in San Diego and is married to children's book illustrator Paul Brewer. Together they have created two picture books: Clip Clip Clip: Three Stories about Hair and How to Trick or Treat in Outer Space.

Selected Books

from Kathleen Krull


Isaac Newton: Giants of Science

Age Level: 9-12

Perhaps his difficult childhood helped create the brilliant scientist (but rude man) he became. A complete portrait of Newton and his contributions to science are presented in a conversational text punctuated with droll illustrations.

Buy Isaac Newton: Giants of Science


Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Age Level: 9-12

Short, clever, sometimes irreverent snapshots introduce a range of artists and their peculiarities. From Michelangelo to Georgia O'Keefe, the artists are presented in brief essays accompanied by lighthearted illustrations.

Buy Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)


Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Age Level: 9-12

Short, fresh and fun essays present a broad array of musicians and their music - from Bach to Guthrie to Joplin with lots in between. Unexpected information can be found in each informal entry along with caricatured portraits.

Buy Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)


Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull

Age Level: 9-12

Overcoming a difficult childhood, Victoria took control of her own destiny in sometimes unorthodox ways and became the first woman to run for U.S. President in 1872 before women even had the right to vote (Frederick Douglass was nominated to run as Vice President). Photorealistic illustrations add to this remarkable tale of a woman who was truly ahead of her time.

Buy Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull