Dana Rau grew up on a dead-end street where she, her brother, and her best friend treated the neighborhood as their playground—jumping rope and drawing with chalk in the street, sledding in their yards in winter, exploring in the woods in summer, and playing kickball and bike races in the circle. After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with a double major in creative writing and art history, she vowed her job would be “something creative” and ended up working in children’s publishing. She has worked as an editor, artist, and writer over her 25+ year career and has written books for a variety age levels, including many in Penguin Workshop’s popular Who Was? Series. Her early reader Robot, Go Bot! was on Bank Street’s 2014 Best Books of the Year, ALSC’s Notable Children’s Book list 2014, and Kirkus’s list of Best Children’s Books of 2013.
Dana lives in Connecticut. After earning her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015, she has taught writing and literature at the University of Hartford, the Highlights Foundation, and the Mark Twain House. When she’s not writing or teaching, she rides roller coasters, watches movies, plays Catan, knits too many scarfs, hikes with her husband, puts together jigsaw puzzles, and collects Funko Pops. Dana is represented by Jacqui Lipton.
Fun Fact: When Dana was in college studying abroad in Rome, she touched the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (from a scaffold and with permission!).
Favorite Quote: “Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.” –Margaret Atwood