Biography

Elizabeth’s great-grandmother, Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (top row, far left) at the 1920 Republican Convention at which she gave this speech.

ELIZABETH WINTHROP is the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages.

Her new picture book, MAIA AND THE MONSTER BABY, with illustrations by Amanda Haley is out with Holiday House.

The daughter of the journalist, Stewart Alsop  and a great grand-niece of Theodore Roosevelt, Elizabeth was born with a silver spoon in her mouth which has always been combined with a healthy dose of skepticism about life in America’s WASP society.

She is currently at work on a new memoir for adult readers about her parents’ unlikely romance in wartime England. Imagine the Roosevelts are invited to dine at Downton Abbey.

Her most recent historical novel, COUNTING ON GRACE was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the American Library Association, the National Council of Social Studies, the International Reading Association and the Children’s Book Council among others. The novel has also been nominated for state book awards in Vermont, Virginia, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Hawaii and Arizona. The audio version is available from Listening Library.

THE CASTLE IN THE ATTIC and its sequel, THE BATTLE FOR THE CASTLE, were nominated for twenty-three state book awards and are considered children’s classics.

Some of her most popular picture books include DUMPY LA RUE, SHOES, DOG SHOW, SQUASHED IN THE MIDDLE, THE FIRST CHRISTMAS STOCKING and THE BIGGEST PARADE.

Two of her recent books for older children are THE RED-HOT RATTOONS, a comic fantasy novel and DEAR MR. PRESIDENT, Letters from a Milltown Girl, a work of historical fiction set in western Massachusetts.

Elizabeth is also the author of two novels for adults, IN MY MOTHER’S HOUSE and ISLAND JUSTICE. Her short story, The Golden Darters, a selection of the 1992 BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES has been widely anthologized and is taught in college literature courses all over the country.