Emma Bland Smith
Emma Bland Smith lives in San Francisco with her husband, Alex, and their two kids, Everett (12) and Cate (9). Emma was born in Scotland, grew up in San Francisco, and has lived in New York, Santa Barbara, and Paris. Now she’s back home, living a block away from her childhood home. Formerly a French teacher and magazine editor, today Emma works part-time as a children’s librarian and fills the rest of her days camping with Girl Scouts, failing to help with middle school math homework, protecting her lettuce from the slugs, watching British murder mysteries, and organizing the books in her Little Free Library. And writing.
Emma’s first picture book, Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West, was published by Sasquatch Books in 2016. Journey was featured on NPR and the Huffington Post and is the winner of Bank Street College’s Cook Prize and Northland College’s SONWA award, as well as a finalist for SCBWI’s Crystal Kite award.
Coming up: a series of chapter books called ZADIE JACOBS, CEO from ABDO Publishing (September 2018); a picture book entitled WHAT IS IT LIKE TO LIVE ON AN ISLAND? from Sasquatch Books (April 2019), and a nonfiction picture book called THE PIG WAR from Boyds Mills Press (date TBD).