In addition to writing, Natalie works as a children’s librarian. She lives with her family, cats, and plants in Barrington, Illinois, which is much too far away from the ocean. She loves to read and share favorite books with others, ride her bike through the marsh, practice yoga, and grow wild tulips.

Natalie grew up in LaSalle, Illinois and later majored in English at Grinnell College. She attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature and an M.S. in Library and Information Science. She is the author of School and Public Libraries: Developing the Natural Alliance, published by ALA Editions and an article in Children and Libraries, Summer 2015, entitled “Where Fantasy and Facts Meet: Fairy Science Books from 1870-1900” about her research as a Bechtel Fellow at The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature at the University of Florida.

Natalie has a strong interest in poetry, nature, and international children’s literature, but, more than anything, she loves to bring books and kids together—in person.