Norton Juster

Author of the beloved children's classic The Phantom Tollbooth and highly acclaimed books for all ages

  • About Norton Juster

    Norton Juster is one of the most influential and beloved children’s books authors of our time. Perhaps best known for his children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth, his writing has touched generations of young readers, sparking a love of literature in many of them. Norton has appeared at numerous schools, libraries, and conferences across the country, where he talks to students, educators, and parents about his life, his writing style, and much more. The year 2011 marked the fiftieth anniversary of The Phantom Tollbooth, and the media included this special anniversary in much of their book coverage. The Phantom Tollbooth has currently sold close to four million copies since its publication in 1961.

    In addition to The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster has also penned a number of other highly acclaimed children’s books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award–winning animated film, and the recent The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrated by Chris Raschka, which was awarded a Caldecott Medal.

    A father and a grandfather, Norton Juster resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife.

  • Speaking Topics

    An Accidental Writer

    How Norton Juster stumbled into writing, and how and where it all went—and a few things he found out.

    Where Do You Get Your Ideas from, and Then What Do You Do?

    How a story comes to life—or doesn't—and how magical things sometimes happen.

    How to Write a Children's Book, and Why

    How we try to guide children past the perils of childhood, and teach them what we want them to know, and the differences between what we want and what they want to know.

    Words and Music and Pictures

    Having some fun with language, meaning, and understanding. Turning things around and looking at the other side, and the pleasures of nonsense.

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  • Praise for Norton Juster

    If possible, Norton Juster’s own story is as entertaining and interesting as his wonderful books. What a treat to hear the improbable launch of The Phantom Tollbooth to iconic status!

    Head of Belmont Day School

    To say that Norton is a hit in the heartland is an understatement. 490 people came to hear him and Jules Feiffer share stories behind the story of The Phantom Tollbooth! Norton was patient and cheerful throughout–it was a fabulous night.

    Jewish Community Center of Kansas City

    Praise for The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition

    I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.

    Anna Quindlen, The New York Times

    A classic... Humorous, full of warmth and real invention.

    The New Yorker
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