Born and raised in Utah, DANNA SMITH was exposed to all sorts of creatures through her father who trained, bred, and rehabilitated animals. It was not uncommon to find bobcats, alligators, monkeys, hawks, or even vultures at her home. Her love of animals and nature spilled over to her love of writing stories. Her favorite toys as a child were a pen and notebook. Today her favorite thing is a keyboard. While her main focus is writing picture books for the very young, she enjoys writing creative non-fiction for older children as well. Danna now lives in Northern California and spends her time taking care of her family, writing, visiting schools, painting, and enjoying the outdoors whenever she can.

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  • Starred review Publisher’s Weekly- The Hawk of the Castle
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection - The Hawk of the Castle.
  • SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist 2017 - Arctic White
  • Starred Review School Library Journal - The Hawk of the Castle
  • Chicago Public Library's list of Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2017The Hawk of the Castle
  • Starred Review Publishers Weekly - The Hawk of the Castle
  • The Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street College of Education 2017 - The Hawk of the Castle
  • Junior Library Guild Selection - The Hawk of the Castle
  • Missourian Baby Buzz Pick December 2015 - Mother Goose's Pajama Party
  • An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Month Selection - Mother Goose's Pajama Party
  • Scholastic Book Fair Selection - Mother Goose's Pajama Party
  • Nominee for the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy 2016 Clel Bell Picture Book Award (Sing Catagory) - Mother Goose's Pajama Party
  • A Missourian Baby Buzz Pick - Two at the Zoo
  • Featured in Parenting: the Early Years Magazine - Two at the Zoo
  • A Raising Reader's Special Board Book Edition - Two at the Zoo
  • Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval - Two at the Zoo
  • Florida Authors and Publishers Association Presidents Book Award Gold Medal Winner - Balloon Trees
  • Finalist in Florida Reading Association Book Award - Balloon Trees
  • Alaska Association of School Librarians Battle of the Books Nominee -  Balloon Trees
  • New Books for Missouri Students Selection 2014 - Balloon Trees
  • The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominee - Mother Goose's Pajama Party
  • Creative Child Magazine Top Creative Toy Award- Seal of Excellence- A Wild Cowboy

Upcoming Releases

The Colors of Summer
A Little Golden Book
Illustrated by Amber Ren
Penguin Random House October 2019

The Colors of Winter
A Little Golden Book
Illustrated by Amber Ren
Penguin Random House May 2019

Rocket-Bye Baby
A Little Golden Book
illustrated by Ziyue Chen
January 2019

Books Published