Emma Bland Smith
Emma Bland Smith lives in San Francisco with her husband, Alex, their two kids, Everett (13) and Cate (10), a cat, and a high-maintenance dog. Emma was born in Scotland, grew up in San Francisco, and has lived in New York, Santa Barbara, and Paris. Now she’s come full circle, settled for good just 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 the 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/Little Bigfoot 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 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, as well as a finalist for SCBWI’s Crystal Kite and the Washington State Book Award.
Emma’s other recent publications include the chapter book series Maddy McGuire, CEO (ABDO, 2018) and the picture book To Live on an Island (Little Bigfoot, 2019). Coming up: THE PIG WAR: HOW A PORCINE TRAGEDY TAUGHT ENGLAND AND AMERICA TO SHARE (Calkins Creek, fall 2020), ODIN: HERO DOG OF THE FIRES (West Margin Books, March 2020), and CLAUDE: THE WHITE ALLIGATOR OF THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (Little Bigfoot, August 2020).