Paula Danziger

When my father would yell at me, I told myself someday I’d use it in a book.

– Paula Danziger


born in Washington, D.C., The United States August 18, 1944
died: July 08, 2004
gender: female
genre: Children’s Books
influences: children she knows, Ms. Sheryl Hardin’s 2nd grade class

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since the second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Throughout her career, she wrote a collection of children’s stories, including The Cat Ate my Gymsuit, The Divorce Express and, more recently, the Amber Brown series.

Danziger loved to travel and meet young kids all over the world. She was embraced by her audience for her ability to relate to children through the characters in her stories. She was often known for “borrowing” children (only the ones she knew) for her inspiration. The Amber Brown character was conceived during one of her trips with her niece.
Danziger was also the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Children’s Choice Award from the International Reading Association and the 2003 Garden State Children’s Book Award. She spent most of her time in New York City and London, England.

She is survived by a brother, three nephews, and a niece. The Amber Brown Fund has been set up in memory of her. Donations for this fund will be used to allow authors and illustrators to speak at local schools and libraries.


14 thoughts on “Paula Danziger

  1. The professor has used such things in books before…

  2. And this is how quote started. πŸ˜›

  3. Can I write your response in my post? πŸ˜†

    • πŸ˜€ β€œIt’s not easy being so frightened of everything. And when I think of how much I’ve improved in the last year, I wonder when I’ll ever get finished with making changes and be really grown up.”
      ― Paula Danziger, There’s a Bat in Bunk Five

  4. What a lovely lady – writer – inspiration. She was very young when she passed – same age as my mom.

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