Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt's books have won numerous national and state awards, including the Irma and Simon Black Award, Children's Choice Award, Teacher's Choice Award, and the Oppenheimer Gold Award. Her first novel, The Underneath, was a National Book Award Finalist and a Newbery Honor Book. Her first young adult novel, Angel Thieves, publishes in 2019.

  • These Words Matter: Kathi Appelt

    These Words Matter: Kathi Appelt

    I didn’t begin my life dreaming of becoming a writer. No, I began it dreaming of being a cowgirl. I longed to put on my Stetson hat, strap on my chaps, and ride into the sunset atop my trusty steed, which was almost always a palomino. Together, my pony and I would keep the cattle herded, make sure the bad guys landed in jail, and make sure all the stars were dusted off so that they twinkled like mad in the big, open sky. It was a lusty dream, I tell you, the key and most important element being… horse! I was a girl who couldn’t get enough of them.…