Lela Nargi lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, her daughter, and an enormous rabbit. Her first picture book, The Honeybee Man (Schwartz and Wade, 2011, illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker), was a Junior Library Guild Selection, A Kirkus starred review, a NSTA "Outstanding Book", a Bank Street "Best Book of the Year," a 2012 Cook Prize Honoree, a Cornell University/Spoons Across America Agricultural Literacy 2013 and 2015 read-aloud pick, and a First Book. A Heart Just Like My Mother’s, her second picture book (illustrated by Valeria Cís), will be published by Kar-Ben/Lerner in Spring 2018.
She’s the author of three middle grade books: Above & Beyond, about the history and future of flight; and Absolute Expert: Dinosaurs and Absolute Expert: Volcanoes, coming from National Geographic in Spring 2018.
Lela is also a journalist and writes extensively for adults about a variety of topics; and about science for children, in magazines such as Muse, Ask, Scholastic’s Storyworks, Science News for Students, and Highlights.