Sarah Lamstein


As the kin of booksellers – her grandparents’ bookstore, Zavelle’s, served Penn, Temple, and Princeton, and her parents' bookstore Marwil’s supplied Detroit’s Wayne State – Sarah breathed in the dust of books during summers and school vacations. She read them, too. Libraries were the place of her soul.

Her writing career began in second grade when she copied poems from Poems of the City. Throughout her school years, she wrote bits and pieces, but when her children came along and she started working as a school librarian, she began to write in earnest – both poetry and children’s books.

Sarah’s books have been named a Smithsonian Notable Book, a Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read” Book, a CCBC Choices, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book, a Booklist “Top Ten Religion Books for Youth,” and a Bank Street School Best Children’s Book of the Year.

To learn more about Sarah Lamstein, please visit her website.

Jair Hernandez