Larissa Theule is the author of several books for children, including Kafka and the Doll, illustrated by Rebecca Green, and A Way With Wild Things, illustrated by Sara Palacios, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book and a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book. She holds an MEd from Gordon College and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Theule 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 cutie-pie dog named Luna. And bake brownies!


Even though writing is fun, sometimes it can also be hard. This is a quote I think about a lot: “Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” Madeleine L’Engle said that, and it always reminds me that if I only sit down and make time to write, the words will come.


Thanks for stopping by, and keep reading and writing!