About the Author


Jeanne Birdsall grew up in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, where she spent much of her time reading and daydreaming. Although she first decided to become a writer when she was ten years old, it took her until she was forty-one to get started. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy was her first book.


Jeanne’s home is with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts. Their house is old and comfortable, and surrounded by gardens.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature
  • New England Book Award Winner
  • Boston Public Library Literary Lights for Children Award
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Kalbacher Klapperschlange (Germany)
  • New York Public Library Title for Reading and Sharing
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Title
  • Heidelberger Leander Award (Germany)
  • Children’s Book Sense Top 10 Pick