Professional author headshot of Loree Griffin Burns, Loree in a black v-neck sweater, blue jeans and red glasses looking at the camera

Loree writes true stories for curious people of all ages and she believes deeply in the twin joys of following one’s passion and finding one’s voice. Her books for children have won many accolades, including American Library Association Notable designations, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Award, an IRA Children’s Book Award, a Green Earth Book Award, and two Science Books & Films (SB&F) Prizes. Her essays for adults have been published in magazines like Yankee and honored in journals like Flyway.

Before any of these exciting things happened, however, she was into horses. Really into horses. Since she grew up in an apartment just outside of Boston, and since there was barely enough room there for her two hamsters (Laverne and Shirley) and two gerbils (Lenny and Squiggy), her horsey experiences were limited entirely to books like The Black Stallion and Misty of Chincoteague. What she learned in these books fueled her original career plans: to become either a jockey or a veterinarian. But then she took a mind-blowing biology class at Everett High School (thank you, Mr. Micarelli!) … and changed her plans completely.

Loree studied biology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts, and creative writing at Bay Path University. She lives and writes in the northeastern United States, where she moonlights regularly in elementary, middle/high school, undergraduate, and graduate level classrooms, sharing stores of science and the craft of writing.