Welcome to the website of Gayle Rosengren, author of:

MacKenzie's Last Run

A novel for readers ages 9-14

Penelope's Lucky Lavender Pants

A picture book for ages 3-6

What the Moon Said

A novel for readers ages 8-12

Cold War on Maplewood Street

A novel for readers ages 8-12


Learn a little about Gayle on this page, then visit the others to discover fun things about each book. And teachers and librarians, you'll find many helpful ideas for using these books in the classroom.

Just click on a book title to begin your beyond-the-book adventures!

About the author...

Gayle grew up in Chicago.  Like her main characters, Esther and Joanna, she enjoyed school, was an avid reader, and loved dogs and horses.  She majored in creative writing and philosophy in college and was the editor of the literary magazine.

Gayle never outgrew her passion for children's books, though, and she worked in the  children's and young adult departments of a public library in Illinois for several years, enthusiastically sharing her love of books with young people while raising three young readers of her own.

Gayle at age 16

Gayle eventually moved to Wisconsin, where she worked first in the reference library, and later as a copyeditor, at The Pleasant Company, where the American Girl books were published.  During this time she published short stories for children in Cricket, Ladybug, Jack and Jill and Children's Digest magazines.



Gayle & Fiona

Now Gayle writes full-time in her home just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband, Don, and slightly neurotic rescue dog, Fiona. She is living her dream, she says, writing books she hopes will make the same difference in children's lives as her favorite books and authors made in hers.