Natalie Rompella

Natalie Rompella is the author of children’s books for all ages. In addition to her trade books, she has written fourteen leveled readers for National Geographic, Scott Foresman, and Reading A-Z. Natalie is a former elementary and middle school teacher. She also taught science in the Chicago Public Schools and wrote curriculum for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. She now writes full-time.

“Of course I used the library! I remember story time with Sandy, the summer reading programs with the stickers (I think I still have one where the chart is shaped like a treasure chest), and, best of all, the bookmobile. It would stop in front of our house in the summer. I loved getting on it and having the library come to me.

“I attended Andrew Cooke Magnet where my 4th grade teacher allowed my friends and I to hang out in the dungeon (supply closet) at lunch recess so we could write stories.

“In the spirit of Ray Bradbury and the ravines near my house, I did write a short story mystery called “Trick-or-Treat on Ravine Street” (although there are no ravines in the book). (It is in an anthology for girls titled The Girls.)

I also have a novel I am working on set in Waukegan where I mentioned Glen Rock pop—which was a huge part of my childhood. :)”