In addition to writing, Natalie works as a children’s librarian in the NW suburbs of Chicago. She lives with her family in Barrington, Illinois and loves to read and share favorite books with others, ride her bike through the marsh, practice yoga, grow wild tulips, hang out with her cats, and write.

Natalie grew up in the small town of LaSalle, Illinois and later majored in English at Grinnell College in Iowa. 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.