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About Gary Paulsen
Three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen is one of the world’s most popular authors for young readers, and has written over 200 books that generations of book-lovers have enjoyed. Hailed as “one of the best-loved writers alive” by The New York Times, Paulsen is a masterful storyteller, and has been the recipient of numerous starred reviews, awards, and accolades. With over 20 million copies of his books sold, Paulsen continues to publish quality literature that children, parents, and educators, can embrace.
Born May 17, 1939 in Minnesota, Gary Paulsen’s life was never an easy road. After a librarian gave him a book to read—along with his own library card—he discovered a love of reading and learning, devouring book after book as a method of escape. As Paulsen grew up, he acquired a taste for adventure that would ultimately lead him to some of his favorite experiences, including running the Iditarod several times, and sailing his boat to remote destinations around the world. These experiences provide him with ample material from which he creates his incredible stories.
It is Paulsen’s overwhelming belief in young people, along with his ability to tap deeply into the human spirit and to encourage readers to observe and care about the world around them that drives him to write. He has spent decades traveling around the country and speaking to children, educators, and parents about his writing, and his life as a writer. Perhaps his biggest message to his fans is “Read like a wolf eats.”
Other Lessons (and Maybe a Few Disasters) from Nature
Gary talks about all of his adventures and how they led to the hundreds of books he's written for children, young adults and grownups, from childhood to his current plans to sail Cape Horn and/or run the Iditarod.
Read Like A Wolf Eats
Praise for Gary Paulsen
Gary was a dream to work with and the kids adore him! What a great inspiration he is!— Willard Library
A more generous presenter we could never find. Gary went above and beyond what we expected. He went over time and yet we all could have listened to him for at least another hour!— Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Praise for Road Trip
The authors score on all fronts: they set an entertainingly frenzied pace, provide twists aplenty, create true dialogue that blends humor and pathos, and bring together a close-knit ensemble.— Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
Books by Gary Paulsen
Media About Gary Paulsen
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- Gary Paulsen travels from New Mexico, the Pacific & Alaska