PENNY PARKER KLOSTERMANN is the author of There Was an OldDragon Who Swallowed a Knight and A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale, both illustrated by Ben Mantle (Random House Children’s Books). Upcoming books include Merry Christmas, Dear Mars, illustrated by Estrela Lourenço (Macmillan/Godwin Books 2024), andSpider Lady: Nan Songer and Her Arachnid WWII Army, illustrated by Anne Lambelet (Astra/Calkins Creek 2025).
She feels lucky to have spent her childhood in the beautiful Crystal River Valley near Redstone, Colorado. Penny now lives in Abilene, Texas, The Storybook Capital of America, where inspiration is all around.
She loves all kinds of books but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh, as well as inspiring nonfiction books that tweak her curiosity. Penny has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that her books will gain huggable status too.