I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Great Neck on Long Island.
I studied math at college and worked mainly in education before turning to fiction writing, though I always wrote stories since I was a kid and all through college and beyond. I have helped to run an elementary afterschool, tutored students who couldn‘t attend school, and developed curricula for a nonprofit in Chicago that helps city kids attend college. I also spent a year as a volunteer teacher in Haiti.
I love to travel and hike, and have spent a lot of time in East Asia and India. In the States, I’ve traveled a lot too, and lived over the years on both coasts plus New Orleans and Chicago. I love seeing animals in the wild and once saw a wild elephant swim across a lake!
Nowadays I live in the third district of Vienna, Austria, with my wife who is Austrian. I‘m at work on my third and fourth novels for children ages 8 and up. I also do storytime for younger kids at the local library and occasionally I run a workshop with four or five kids who are very interested in writing stories.
I’m happy if kids enjoy my books and was thrilled when my first book, The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children, was named a 2010 ALA Notable Children’s Recording, a 2011 Texas Bluebonnet book, and was nominated by Hawai’i librarians for the 2012 Nēnē Award.
In 2010, I had the incredible luck to be picked for the Thurber House residency, given to one children’s book author each year in honor of American author and humorist James Thurber. I got to spend a month in James Thurber’s boyhood home and wrote the Valentine’s card part of my second children’s novel, The Witch’s Curse, while there. Thanks Thurber House! When I was there I did a thirty minute interview which aired on Ohio NPR and on local cable. You can watch it here (skip to 11 minutes into the interview for a discussion of The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children).
Thanks so much for visiting my website. I hope it has all the info you’re looking for. You can write me anytime or put yourself on my list for news on my new books and similar by emailing readers (at) keithbooks.com.
All illustrations on KeithBooks.com are reproduced from The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children and The Witch’s Curse.
Drawn by fine artist and children’s book illustrator Yoko Tanaka. Copyright 2009 and 2013.