Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of graphic novels for middle school readers. Many of her books are autobiographical and explore her own family life and challenges she faced growing up. Her graphic novels include Smile, Drama, Sisters, and Ghosts — all #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her newest graphic novel, Guts, was published in September 2019.
Raina also adapted and illustrated graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. She has received three Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists.
Raina was born and raised in San Francisco Bay. She graduated in 2002 with a degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and was involved in the independent comics community there. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.