Sarah Kurpiel is a self-taught picture book author and illustrator. Her debut book, Lone Wolf, received a starred review from the School Library Journal, while her books Original Cat, Copy Cat and Snake's Big Mistake were Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections. Her forthcoming book, A Little Like Magic, will be published in Fall 2024.
A librarian by day, Sarah lives in the Midwest. Her stories are inspired by animals, nature, and moments of wonder in everyday life. She hopes her work brings a bit of happiness into the world—and a bit of disability representation too. Sarah uses a power wheelchair and considers her disability an important part of her identity. 
A few of her favorite things include libraries, elephants, the sea, flannel shirts, iced coffee, miniature books, summer, whales, pretty notebooks, sci-fi stories, and the color green.
Allie Levick & Rebecca Sherman at Writers House.
For headshots and short and long bios, visit my Press Kit.
• ALA (2011-Present)
• SCBWI (2019-Present)
• 12x12 (2020-Present)
• My Writers House portfolio
• My newsletter
• My book recommendations
• Winter 2020 SCBWI Bulletin Art Spot Winner
• Spring 2020 SCBWI-IL Illustrator in the Spotlight
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