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Stephanie Spinner

Stephanie Spinner has written many highly praised children’s books, including Alex the Parrot, Aliens for Breakfast (with Jonathan Etra), It’s a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybook, and the novels Quiver, Quicksilver, and Damosel. She lives in Sherman, Connecticut. To learn more about Stephanie and her books, please visit stephaniespinner.com.


Author Bookshelf

Aliens for Breakfast

By: Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra
illustrated by: Steve Bjorkman

It's been ten years since Richard Bickerstaff sat down to breakfast and an alien climbed out of his cereal bowl! Join Richard and Aric, a tiny, wisecracking creature from the planet Ganoob, as they battle to save...

Aliens for Dinner

By: Stephanie Spinner
illustrated by: Steve Bjorkman

When his fortune cookie cracks open and a tiny pink alien steps out, Richard Bickerstaff knows that he's in for more than a Chinese dinner. And he's right! Aric, that bossy extraterrestrial, needs Richard's help....

Aliens for Lunch

By: Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra
illustrated by: Steve Bjorkman

Richard Bickerstaff and his friend Henry are prisoners on Grax, a hostile planet. Aric, their tiny alien friend, has been taken from them--perhaps forever. And now they're eating lunch in a Graxian jail, face to face...


Damosel

By: Stephanie Spinner

WATER SPIRIT DAMOSEL, the Lady of the Lake, glides through Arthurian legend like a glamorous wraith, shimmering and shifting between the worlds of fairies and humans. Her knowledge is vast (magic, metal, men’s hearts)...

Paddywack

By: Stephanie Spinner
Illustrated by: Daniel Howarth

Paddywack is a petite nine hands high, and every pony inch is packed full of spunk. It hasn’t been easy, but he now has his rider, Jane, well trained. He’ll trot. He’ll canter. He’ll jump the jumps....

Quicksilver

By: Stephanie Spinner

Hermes—also known as Mercury, Wayfinder, and Prince of Thieves—has many talents. Wearing his famed winged sandals, he does the bidding of his father Zeus, leads the dead down to Hades, and practices his favorite...


Quiver

By: Stephanie Spinner

Greek gods and mortals spring to life in this riveting retelling of the myth of Atalanta, the fleet-footed girl warrior who could outrun any man in ancient Greece.
Cast off and abandoned at birth, Atalanta–...

The Magic of Merlin

By: Stephanie Spinner
illustrated by: Valerie Sokolova

In the days of knights and castles, one man knew all the secrets of magic. His name was Merlin. Merlin saw the future. He cast powerful spells. He brought King Arthur to the throne and helped him rule England. Together...

The Nutcracker

By: Stephanie Spinner
illustrated by: Peter Malone

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without The Nutcracker! This beautiful book, which includes a fully orchestrated CD of the score, invites children to dance, prance, and relive the ballet long after the tree comes...


Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird

By: Stephanie Spinner
illustrated by: Meilo So

In 1977, graduate student Irene Pepperberg walked into a pet store and bought a year-old African grey parrot. Because she was going to study him, she decided to call him Alex--short for Avian Learning EXperiment. At that...

Who Was Annie Oakley?

By: Stephanie Spinner
Illustrated by: Larry Day

You want girl power? Meet Annie Oakley! Born in 1860, she became one of the best-loved and most famous women of her generation. She amazed audiences all over the world with her sharpshooting, horse-riding,...

Who Is Steven Spielberg?

By: Stephanie Spinner
Illustrated by: Daniel Mather

While other kids played sports, Steven Spielberg was writing scripts and figuring out camera angles.  He went from entertaining his Boy Scout troop with home movies to amazing audiences around the...


Who Was Clara Barton?

By: Stephanie Spinner
illustrated by: David Groff

Clarissa “Clara” Barton was a shy girl who grew up to become a teacher, nurse, and humanitarian.  At a time when few women worked outside the home, she became the first woman to hold a...

Who Was Sitting Bull?

By: Stephanie Spinner
Illustrated by: Jim Eldridge

No one knew the boy they called “Jumping Badger” would grow to become a great leader. Born on the banks of the Yellowstone River, Sitting Bull, as he was later called, was tribal chief and...

Who Is Pope Francis?

By: Stephanie Spinner
illustrated by: Dede Putra

Follow the amazing journey of Pope Francis, whose warmth and humility have made him beloved around the world.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aka Pope Francis, from Argentina, is the first Jesuit pope, the first...