Mary Bleckwehl grew up in a large farm family and with a love of the outdoors and rolling hills of northeast Iowa. As a writer, she draws on those farm kid experiences as well as her years of parenting and teaching. Bleckwehl's three award-winning picture books, Henry you're late AGAIN, Henry you're hungry AGAIN? and Claire's Hair showcase the humor and empathy she sees in children. She craves variety and writes non-fiction and for the middle grade audience as well. Her stories empower children to use their voice and actions to make a difference. Bleckwehl received her M.S. in Educational Management from Lesley University in Boston and lives in Northfield Minnesota where she and her husband have raised three children, dogs, bunnies, hamsters, fish and a naughty guinea pig. When she's not dreaming up a new book idea, Bleckwehl can be found presenting in schools, biking, or saving her favorite slippers from Sadie, her monster goldendoodle.