Pam Turner could not stop reading and drawing as a child. From being scolded for reading at the dinner table to going through sketchbooks so fast that her mother had to buy her rolls of shelf paper to use as canvas, Pam was consumed with creating and learning. Even at night, when forced to turn her lights off for bed, Pam would read by the small red light emanating from the temperature control for her electric blanket. It’s no wonder that Pam eventually became a celebrated children’s author.
Yet before becoming a writer, Pam was a legislative assistant for foreign affairs for a California congressman, and later worked as an international health consultant. She and her husband, whom she met while studying abroad in Kenya, have lived all over the world, and have three children each born in a different country. Upon returning to the United States, Pamela decided to finally follow her childhood dream of becoming a children’s writer. Her first book, Hachiko (Houghton Mifflin), won the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award for Picture Book Text and the BCCB Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award.
Pam is also the author of The Frog Scientist, The Dolphins of Shark Bay, Crow Smarts (all in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Scientist in the Field series), and more.
Pam lives in Oakland, California.
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