I've wanted to be a children's book author as far back as I can remember. When I was eight years old I wrote a story about a rabbit.  I am still writing stories about rabbits- and mice, cats, children, monsters, and dragons!

When I was growing up, I was the neighborhood storyteller.  I would make up stories on the spot for younger children in the neighborhood.  I read a lot of books.  But I was also a bit of a tomboy.  I spent much of my time outdoors, usually barefoot, climbing trees and stone-hopping across brooks.  

Then, as now, I always loved holidays.  Here I am, chatting with Santa Claus!


childhood phot of Bethany Roberts,children's book author, with Santa

On my way to becoming a children's book author, I was also a teacher and a children's librarian.  I always liked story hours best.  When my own children, Krista and Melissa, were small, I read to them constantly- stacks and stacks of books.  I think I learned the most about writing from all that reading.  

This picture is of my children when they were little:

photo- my children


Today I live in Hamden, Connecticut, with my wonderfully encouraging and supportive husband, our two daughters, and our cat.  We live in a white house with lots of gardens. 

Here I am with my husband, Bob.


I write about things I like, things that are important to me- warm, cozy families, friendships, seasons and holidays, furry little animals.  There isn't much that I like better than writing.  I love to play with words- the rhythms, the sounds.  I almost never know how a story will end until I get to the end myself.  When that happens- when a story comes together like that- it is always a magical, joyous experience for me.