About Me

Sybilla A. Cook

Born to be a book lover, I've worked in many different areas of the field as I attempted to spread the bibliophilia craze to as many people as possible. Always a reader, I became a teacher, and then later volunteered in my children's school library. It dawned on me that this was my true calling, so I went back to school and earned a degree in library and information science. I still remember one school superintendent telling me that I wouldn't be so starry-eyed once I started working in a school, but I'm still starry-eyed today about sharing my love for books, and reading. I also proved him wrong by receiving several awards from different groups for my work in libraries.

Although I'd written for years (my first published piece was in Jack And Jill at the age of 10) it was school libraries which provided the inspiration to resurrect that former avocation. Besides educational materials and articles on all sorts of 
subjects, I have six published books. I also review adult books for our local newspaper, The Roseburg News Review, and have an occasional column of books by Oregon authors in the Oregon Association of School Librarians Interchange. Some puzzles and poems were published in Hopscotch, Boy’s Quest, and Lollipops. I’ve taught library classes through Western Oregon University, computer classes through UCC, and given presentations and workshops to many educational groups. I am a member of the Oregon School Library Association, the Authors Guild, the Willamette Writers, and both the national and Oregon chapters of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

I received the 2016 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award from the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association for significant contributions in the areas of literature and library services.

My latest book is a biography about Berta and Elmer Hader, Caldecott winning author/illustrators of the 20th century.

Visit my blog at: www.BiographyWriting.blogspot.com