LARISSA THEULE is the author of fiction and nonfiction books for children, including Concrete: From the Ground Up, illustrated by Steve Light, Kafka and the Doll, illustrated by Rebecca Green, and A Way With Wild Things, illustrated by Sara Palacios. Her work has been recognized by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bologna Children's Book Fair, American Library Association, and more. She holds a Masters in Education and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Having lived abroad much of her life, Theule now lives in Southern California with her family and rescue dog, Luna.
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.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
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.
Sometimes, I write stories that 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. Kindness is a frequent theme in my books, and so are themes relating to nature because I like nature a lot and find it both mysterious and familiar. I especially like the wind―it has so many different personalities! And then 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. I always write about things I'm curious about because that way I have fun and stay interested in my work.
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.
Thanks for stopping by, and keep reading and writing!
Luna is a wonderful assistant. She is very organized.
At the Colosseum. Famous Roman concrete!