Angela Johnson has said that her earliest inspirations came from a variety of sources: from the storytellers in her family, from the stories that her teacher would read aloud after lunch at Maple Grove School, and from Harriet the Spy. She was born in 1961 in Tuskegee, Alabama, and at a young age she moved with her family to Portage County in northern Ohio. Her early years were rich in books and stories and she soon knew that one day she would become a writer. Ms. Johnson has published many children's picture books, books of poetry, and novels for young adults. In 2003 she was awarded a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, which seeks to support those who have shown dedication and originality in their creative work. She was honored with the Coretta Scott King Author Award in 2004. Ms. Johnson currently lives and works in northern Ohio.
Learn more about Angela Johnson at the Ohio Reading Road Trip website.