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Children's author Christina Soontornvat

Christina Soontornvat

Children's Author

Christina Soontornvat is the award-winning author of picture books and chapter books for children, including To Change a Planet, the Diary of an Ice Princess chapter book series, the bestselling graphic novel, The Tryout, the high seas adventure The Last Mapmaker, and A Wish in the Dark, a Thai-inspired fantasy inspired by Les Misérables.


Christina Soontornvat is the award-winning author of books for children of all ages. Her picture books include The Ramble Shamble Children, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo, and To Change a Planet, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Belle. She is the author of the beloved Diary of an Ice Princess chapter book series and the bestselling graphic novel, The Tryout, illustrated by Joanna Cacao. Christina has received three Newbery Honor awards for her books for middle grade readers, and her nonfiction account of the Thai Cave Rescue, All Thirteen, was also awarded the Kirkus Prize for Young People’s Literature. She travels all over the world to speak to children, writers, and educators about her love of reading and writing.

Christina grew up behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in a small Texas town with her nose stuck in a book. She is very proud of both her Thai and her Texan roots, and makes regular trips to both Weatherford and Bangkok to see her beloved family members (and eat lots and lots of Thai food!). In addition to being an author, Christina holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Science Education. She spent a decade working in the science museum field, where she designed programs and exhibits to get kids excited about science. She is passionate about STEM (science, technology engineering, and math) and loves learning new things. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two daughters.

This bio is excerpted from Christina Soontornvat’s website (opens in a new window), where you can find more information about all of her books, learn about her author visits, and watch some fun book trailers.

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