When I was in sixth grade, I spent every recess sitting on a bench writing my first novel in a spiral notebook. I assumed that I would be a writer, but put off getting started until  I grew up.  Now I have my own children I have finally realized that I’m probably grown up now, though I’m still not sure exactly when it happened.

So now I’m writing children’s books.

Even as a grown up, I love children’s books. I use my kids as an excuse to bring heaps of them home from the library and to splurge on them at our local bookstore. My greatest aspiration is to someday be able to create something as clever as Harold’s Purple Crayon, as funny as Elephant and Piggie, and as enduring as Good Night Moon.

10 random facts about me:

This is a euphonium. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
  1. I love cats but I’m allergic to them
  2. My favorite food is hot, buttered toast
  3. I have read every Jane Austen novel about a million times
  4. I prefer biking to work
  5. I have a master’s degree in euphonium performance
  6. I know more than 100 silly children’s songs
  7. I once lost a spelling bee because I forgot that “breathe” ends in e
  8. When I was little I wanted to have an identical twin
  9. I grew up in the Arizona desert
  10. My last name means “from the sea” in Dutch
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About the author:

Leslie Van Zee is a marketing executive, mother and former euphoniumist who lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. By day she develops corporate communications designed to resonate with grown up audiences, and by night she crafts stories to settle her kids in to bed that often get them too wound up to sleep. She loves fusion jazz, podcasts, and singing silly songs while doing housework.