Larissa Theule is the author of books for children, including Kafka and the Doll and A Way With Wild Things. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Southern California with her family and dog.


Hi there! Maybe you're visiting this site because you’re a student working on a project, or maybe you just love books. Whatever the reason, I'm glad you're here! I’ve been an author for about ten years, but I’ve been a writer ever since I learned to scratch out C-A-T in Kindergarten—If you write, you’re a writer. Here's where I lived growing up: Nigeria, Indiana, Japan, Costa Rica, Canada, and Michigan. As a grownup, I've lived in Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and China. Now I live in Pasadena, California. All the places I’ve lived and all the people I’ve met shape the way I see the world, and the way I see the world shapes the stories I write. Mostly, my stories are about caring for people, paying attention to the world around us, and being brave and creative to change what isn’t working or what isn’t right. And sometimes I write stories and poems just because I like the way certain words sound together and the way those words make a picture in my head. When I’m not writing, I like to read, go on long walks to admire other people’s gardens, and play with my two kids and my cutie-pie dog named Luna. Oh! and bake brownies. This is a quote I think about a lot when I’m writing: “Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” Madeleine L’Engle said that. And this quote from Mahatma Gandhi is one I think about a lot during the day when I’m just living: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Thanks for stopping by, and keep reading and writing! 



M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Arts

M.Ed. Gordon College


Material Marvels series – Candlewick 

    Concrete: From the Ground Up illustrated by Steve Light – 2022

    Glass – 2023

    Steel – 2024

Mouseboat illustrated by Abigail Halpin – Viking Books for Young Readers, 2023

Kafka and the Doll illustrated by Rebecca Green – Viking Books for Young Readers, 2021

A Way With Wild Things illustrated by Sara Palacios – Bloomsbury, 2020

Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley – Abrams, 2019

How Do You Do? illustrated by Gianna Marino – Bloomsbury, 2019

Fat and Bones: And Other Stories illustrated by Adam S. Doyle – Carolrhoda, 2014