Linda Ashman

children's book author, mom, wife, writing instructor, animal lover, gardener, vegetarian . . .

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Linda Ashman's more than two dozen picture books have earned numerous honors and starred reviews, and have been included on the "Best of the Year" lists of The New York Times, Parenting, Child, and Cookie magazines, Bank Street College of Education, the New York Public Library, and more. As a children's poet, she's been compared to Ogden Nash, Mary Ann Hoberman, Douglas Florian, and Jack Prelutsky. She's taught a variety of workshops on writing for children, and is the author of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books, a "how to" handbook for picture book writers.

Linda was born in Schenectady, New York, the youngest of four children (two sisters and one brother), and grew up mostly in Flemington, New Jersey. She earned a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, and worked for eight years as a real estate market analyst in New York City and Los Angeles before returning to school to get a Master's Degree in Urban Planning at UCLA. She then worked for social and environmental organizations before deciding to write children's books.

In 2012, Linda moved from Denver to Chapel Hill, NC with her husband Jack Hicks, their son Jackson, and their two dogs, Sammy and Stella. When not writing, she is often found digging in the dirt or picking up dog hair.


"The Challenge of No Words Wasted." Interview with children's lit ambassador and super blogger Julie Danielson at Kirkus Reviews (June 2013).

"Finish my sentence" interview about PEACE, BABY! and RAIN! with John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) at Watch. Connect. Read. (June 2013)

Interview for NO DOGS ALLOWED with Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup (January 2012)

"How I Got My Agent" joint interview with my wonderful agent, Jennifer Mattson, on Julie Hedlund's blog (October 2011).

"Creative Spaces" interview with writer Jenn Bertmann, a great spot to peek at writers' and illustrators' work spaces (August 2011), including NO DOGS ALLOWED illustrator Kristin Sorra's.

Interview at J. Aday Kennedy's blog (April 2010)

Interview at Broomfield Macaroni Kid (April 2010)

Interview at Abby the Librarian's blog (May 2009)

"Poetry Makers" interview at The Miss Rumphius Effect (April 2009)

Visit Kristy Dempsey's website for interviews with Linda and other authors and editors.

Visit the Children's Literature Network for more about Linda and other authors, as well as other great information.

To read the entry in Gale Publication's Something About the Author series, go to

Sammy, in tribute to Elliot Erwitt.


Brand New
"A go-to source of calm and comfort." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
In Print
"Altogether delightful." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package." KIRKUS
"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Ashman's concept is both sophisticated and delightful." KIRKUS
"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Starred Review, BOOKLIST
"Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it's chock full of facts about the Centennial State." VAIL DAILY
A "lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A splendid bedtime fantasy." KIRKUS
Other Titles
"Ashman's poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Quirky, sarcastic, and rather educational, too." BOOKLIST
"A 10 on the "aw"-inspiring scale." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"A family outing gone hilariously awry." BOOKLIST
"A rip-roaring, exciting excursion." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
An "enchanting ride." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The clever, rhyming text bounces along with perfect cadence." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A riotous adventure." HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
"Vibrant, playful text . . . excellent for storytimes." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A hilarious look at the world through the sharp eyes and nose of a dog." SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
"This one's a keeper." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Youngsters will find nothing but comfort in these pages." KIRKUS
"Ashman captures the non-stop action in rollicking rhyme." KIRKUS
A "captivating collaboration." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A lighthearted look at bad behavior." KIRKUS
Wagmore is "a charming, gentle hero." KIRKUS REVIEWS