Barbara Herkert

Children's Book Author

My first book, "The Rooster and The Cow"

Selected Works

Children's Nonfiction Picture Book Biography
Released Oct. 27, 2015 with illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska. Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, publisher.
Picture book biography
Released Oct. 13, 2015 with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Alfred A. Knopf, publisher.
Nonfiction picture book biography
To be released in October 2017 with illustrations by Lauren Castillo. Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan, publisher. "Herkert's elegant prose and Castillo's stunning illustrations team up for a magnificent model of what a picture book can be...A stunner--radiant even." Kirkus starred review

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I've been creating stories and illustrating them since the first grade. I currently write picture book biographies. I love the research and finding hidden gems about a person's life that will appeal to young readers.

I received a biology degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a masters degree in writing for children from Hamline University. I studied art and art history at Oregon State University, and I've taught art appreciation at local schools. I live on the wet and windy Oregon coast with my family. I also spend creative time in a log house in central Oregon.