Bio and Interviews

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Biography and downloadable photos that can be used without permission:


Short Biography


Joyce Sidman is the author of many award-winning children’s poetry books, including the Newbery Honor-winning Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and two Caldecott Honor books. Her recent prose biography book, The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merians Art Changed Science, won the 2019 Robert F. Sibert Medal. She also received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children's Poetry, in recognition of her body of work. In her home state of Minnesota, she teaches poetry writing to school children and walks through the woods with her dog Watson.


Interviews online:


Interview by Mackin Educational Resources

Galley Cat interview

The Book That Changed My Life from the Horn Book

Feature article from Star Tribune

School Library Journal's "Under Cover” 

Article about Joyce and her work in NCTE’s Language Arts journal

How Joyce works with her editor in NERAJ

Author Focus article on Bringing Books to Life! blog

No Water River interview and poem-reading video

Seven Impossible Things blog interview & artwork

Joyce accepts the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award (video) 

Cybils Poetry Award interview



Downloadable Photos 



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