Lela Nargi is a veteran journalist and author living in Brooklyn, NY. 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 & 2015 read-aloud pick, and a First Book. A Heart Just Like My Mother’s, her second picture book (illustrated by Valeria Cís), was released by Kar-Ben/Lerner in January 2018, with its central, essential, themes of compassion and kindness. Karl's New Beak (Capstone 2019, illustrated by Harriet Popham) follows an Abyssinian ground hornbill in the Smithsonian's National Zoo as his keepers work to 3D-print him a prosthesis for his broken lower beak. ALA Booklist calls it uplifting, accessible, and fascinating; The Horn Book finds it lighthearted and informative.
Lela is also the author of three non-fiction middle grade books: Above & Beyond, about the history and future of flight; and Absolute Expert: Dinosaurs and Absolute Expert: Volcanoes, both published by National Geographic in August 2018.
As a journalist, Lela writes extensively for adults about a variety of topics, including food, science, the environment, and books; and for children about science, in outlets such as Ask, Highlights, MSN Kids, Muse, Odyssey, PittMed, Scholastic’s Storyworks, Science News for Students, and the Washington Post Kid's Post.