George Ella Lyon is the author of several adult titles and twenty-five picture books, among them Come a Tide, Who Came Down That Road?, Mother to Tigers, and You and Me and Home Sweet Home. Her recognitions include two Bluegrass Award winners, a Reading Rainbow feature, Junior Library Guild selections, American Booksellers’ Pick of the Lists, Horn Book Fanfare, Booklist Editors’ Choice, Parents’ Choice Silver Medal, NCTE/ Notable Trade Books in Language Arts, Bank Street College, Booklinks, and SLJ Best Books of the Year.
Lyon’s novel, Sonny’s House of Spies (Atheneum, 2004), received starred reviews in SLJ, Publishers Weekly, and The Horn Book; was a CBC Choices; Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2004; and was nominated for The Bluegrass Award and the Volunteer State Award. Lyon’s poem, “Where I’m From,” is used as a model by teachers around the world.
In 2012, Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux published George Ella’s Holding on to Zoe, a YA novel about a girl who is convinced she is going to have a baby, though her mother — and her doctor — say such a thing is impossible.
George Ella is now at work on two picture books for Dick Jackson Books/Atheneum, Planes Fly! and What Forest Knows.