Sarah’s Bio

Sarah Albee is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 books for kids, ranging from preschool through middle grade. Recent nonfiction titles have been Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections, Notable Social Studies Trade Books, and winners of Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards. These days she writes primarily nonfiction, and especially loves writing about topics where history and science connect.

Prior to being a full-time writer, Sarah worked at Children’s Television Workshop (producers of Sesame Street) for nine years. She played basketball in college, and then a year of semi-professional women’s basketball in Cairo, Egypt.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband, who is a high school history teacher and administrator, their three kids, and their dog, Rosie.

For Kids: Ten Fun Facts About Sarah

  • She’s the youngest of four kids.
  • Her favorite food is a perfectly ripe mango.
  • She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but grew up in South Burlington, Vermont.
  • She was the second-shortest girl in her seventh grade class, but then grew nine inches in a year and a half, topping out at 5’10.”
  • She was captain of both her basketball and track teams in high school—they were state champs.
  • She plays the violin. She also loves opera, especially Mozart operas.
  • When she was growing up, her family had lots of dogs and cats, and also chickens, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, and an ornery watch-turkey named Simon who used to chase visitors up the walkway. Some of these visitors included boys who were there to pick up her older sister for a date. Awkward.
  • She graduated from Harvard, and was a member of the humor magazine, The Harvard Lampoon.
  • She speaks varying amounts of Italian, French, and Arabic. (She knows how to argue with a referee in Arabic.)
  • Her favorite books to read are anything about the history of medicine, disease, and sanitation. Her favorite adult author is P.G. Wodehouse.