|Judith Janda Presnall|
This is me pictured with all my published books. I have more than 30 books, all but one of them nonfiction. Although I always loved reading books, I never dreamed that I would be writing books some day. As a child, during the summers, I rode my bike about three miles round trip to the library. My bike had a basket on it so I could check out lots of books. I liked the library. It was cool, and quiet, and smelled of books. I read a lot. During the cold winters of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I lived, I read curled up next to a warm register. At night in bed, I read under the covers with a flashlight. I had to do this undercover work because I shared a room.
Me, at age 10, fishing
When I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, I
became a high school teacher. I taught until my husband Lance and
I had our first baby, named Kaye Lynn. Five years later we added
a boy, Kory Lee to our family. I was a stay-at-home mom. We
moved to Southern California in 1978.
We have three cats: Tigger, Madeline, and April. They are good companions for us and for each other.
When I am not writing, I play Bridge, take classes in Body Conditioning
and Yoga, and we take Round Dancing classes. I am a member of the
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the
California Writers Club. Lance and I enjoy traveling. We
have been to Europe, China, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, Italy,
Ireland, and many states in America.