Skila Brown is the author of verse novels Caminar and To Stay Alive, as well as the picture book Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks, all with Candlewick Press. She received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee and now lives in Indiana where she writes books for readers of all ages.
Ten fun facts about Skila:
- Her first job ever was selling hot dogs from the window of a train’s caboose.
- The best job she ever had was working in a church nursery. She got paid money to play with toddlers, plus all the graham crackers and apple juice she could consume.
- She used to teach third grade. Then she taught kindergarten. Later she went to work in a bank teaching adults. (Which felt exactly like teaching kindergarten except she never had to tie anyone’s shoes.)
- She’s lived in four different states and three different countries.
- She likes to eat chocolate, make quilts and read in bed. She loves fireworks, banjo music, and reading in the shade. (She really, really likes to read.)
- She never learned to ride a bike.
- She has always liked making up stories. In third grade, she won a writing contest for a retelling of 101 Dalmatians. In fifth grade, she won a writing contest for an essay based on a Huey Lewis song. She didn’t win any writing contests in high school, but she was still making up stories. Her dad called this “lying about her whereabouts.”
- She has three sons and a husband, so she lives surrounded by boys.
- Her favorite thing in her wallet is her library card.
- She is terrified of frogs and hates being tickled.
Wondering how to say her name? It’s a long i sound. Like Sky-luh. You can listen to it here.