Joy Cowley

Joy’s love for children’s literature is “a commitment that borders on obsession.” Her novels and picture books regularly receive top honors. Countless children know her classic Mrs. Wishy-Washy. Among her recent titles are The Rusty, Trusty Tractor; Big Moon Tortilla; Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses; Red-Eyed Tree Frog; Starbright and the Dream Eater; Mrs. Goodstory; and Where Horses Run Free. Her book The Silent One received the New Zealand Children’s Book of the Year award and has been made into a film shown on the Disney Channel. Hunter, published by Patricia Lee Gauch for Philomel, was named New Zealand’s Children’s Book of the Year for 2006. In 1990, New Zealand awarded its Commemorative Medal to Joy for her service to Children’s Literature. In 1992, she received the Order of the British Empire, which acknowledges her distinguished service to the arts and sciences, and in 2010 she received the Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction. And—of equal importance to Joy—she now has two great-grandsons! Read more about Joy at www.joycowley.com.