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Erica S. Perl

Children's Author

“You know what?” Erica S. Perl is the author of the wonderfully silly, begging-to-be-read-aloud picture book, Chicken Butt, as well as the sequel, Chicken Butt’s Back. Kirkus Review calls Chicken Butt “an unhinged piece of slap-happy rhyming… rocket-propelled artwork… the romp is a powerful piece of cacophony, more frenetic by the moment.” Perl’s other titles for young readers include Dotty, a gently told, perceptive story about school days and imaginary friends and Ninety-Three in My Family, a lively rhyming story that is part tall tale and part counting book. Her books tap deep into what’s funny, what’s real, family, friends, and growing up.


Erica S. Perl grew up in Burlington, Vermont. She is the author of popular and critically acclaimed books for young readers. Her most recent middle grade novel, All Three Stooges, won the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature and the Sydney Taylor Award Silver Medal. Erica’s novels for young readers include When Life Gives You O.J. (Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book and ALA Notable Book), Aces Wild (NPR Best Book of the Year), and The Capybara Conspiracy: A Novel in Three Acts (innovative script format).

Erica also writes picture books — including Chicken Butt!, Goatilocks and the Three Bears, and Ferocious Fluffity as well as early readers, transitional chapter books, and chapter books — Truth or Lie!, Arnold and Louise, and the Craftily Ever After series (written as “Martha Maker”).

Erica is a crowd-pleasing presenter at schools, libraries and community events. She honed her skills working as a trial lawyer in New York City, and also worked for many years for First Book, the national non-profit organization that provides books to children in need.

She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family. Visit Erica’s official website (opens in a new window) to learn more.

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