Claire Noland is the author of easy readers, board books, and picture books for young children. She knows that everyone who reads is a winner and as a children’s librarian, reading specialist, and author, her life’s goal is to excite kids about books and reading. She writes from her home in Central California.
Claire Annette Noland is a children’s writer born and raised in California. When she was a girl her father handed her his old binoculars (which she still uses) and her mother gave her a journal. It was only natural that she became an explorer and writer.
Claire’s second home was the library where her mother took the five siblings to weekly story hour. She still remembers the librarian reading “if you were a bee and a bull sat on you, what would you do?” from her favorite book, The Story of Ferdinand.
Claire traveled with her grandparents and stayed in trailer parks all over the west. In every town, they stopped at the local library to read. Her favorite section was 398.2, folklore and fairy tales.
Claire attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied geography and comparative literature combining her love of travel with the stories of the places and people she visited.
Claire went on to earn her master’s degree in library and information science and became a children’s librarian. She earned her classroom and reading specialist credentials and taught for many years while she and her husband Michael raised their four children. Now that the kids are grown and off on their own adventures, Claire promotes literacy by making sure that children have access to books and information through her work with REFORMA as well as developing library collections for children in Nicaragua and in a local women’s shelter.
When not writing, you can find Claire stocking her Little Free Library and taking field trips using kidlit as her travel guide.
- My favorite word is the first word I learned to read – Look!
- My first job was in a bank basement sorting silver dimes and quarters from those with copper. I was on the lookout for rare and valuable ones.
- My next job was selling Christmas trees. I’ve also sold fruit and vegetables at farmers markets and roadside stands.
- I am a citizen scientist. Depending on the time of year, you can find me cleaning a beach, teaching in a pumpkin patch, or counting bees, birds, and butterflies.
- My husband and I have four children, two adopted internationally.
- My work as an advocate for children at risk has given me the opportunity to travel around the world.
- I wear a bracelet with silver charms from countries I’ve visited. I have 25 charms so far.
- I love finding notes and cards in my mailbox.
- I stop for food trucks – especially ones with grilled cheese sandwiches.
- My favorite dance is the Hokey-Pokey because that’s what it’s all about.
- My favorite sport is beach bocce ball. I also like to jump in waves and float down rivers.
- When not traveling, I spin a globe and dream of where to go next.
All these things find their way into the stories I write for children.