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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gayle Rosengren  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;


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Illinois Connection

Rosengren grew up in Chicago. She attended Knox College in Galesburg and was a Young Adult Librarian at the Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gayle Rosengren grew up in Chicago and attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where she majored in Creative Writing and was the editor of the college's literary magazine. She worked as a children's and young adult librarian at Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.She has worked at American Girl in the reference library and later as a copyeditor. During this time period she published short stories for children in ''Cricket'', ''Ladybug'', ''Jack and Jill'' and ''Children's Digest'' magazines.Rosengren now writes full-time in her home just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. She hopes to make the same difference in children's lives as her favorite books and authors made in hers. ''What the Moon Said'' is her first novel.

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Titles At Your Library


What the Moon Said

  • Junior Library Guild Selection 2014
  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Rosengren likes to speak to 3rd - 7th grade classes about topics related to

    What the Moon Said

    , either in person or via Skype. She also enjoys sharing her journey as a writer and/or discussing the following topics

  • Life during the Great Depression
  • The True, the Nearly True, and the Totally Made Up - Writing Stories from Real Life
  • Superstitions Where They Come From