Frieda Wishinsky

Frieda Wishinsky is an internationally award-winning author of over seventy books, from picture books to chapter books, novels, and nonfiction for kids. Her work has earned critical praise, starred reviews, and numerous nominations and awards around the world, appearing in French, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Spanish, and Catalan translations. She debuted with modern classic Oonga Boonga (Little, Brown Children’s, 1990; Scholastic Canada, Transworld Doubleday and Dutton, 1999). Other award-winning titles include Each One Special (Orca Books, 1999; Governor General Award nomination), and Please, Louise! (Groundwood, 2007; Marilyn Baille Picture Book Award winner). Frieda had three books release in 2019: How Emily Saved the Bridge, a picture book biography of Emily Roebling and the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge (Groundwood; starred review, Booklist), the middle grade non-fiction How To Become an Accidental Genius (written with Elizabeth MacLeod, Orca Books; Hackmatack Award 2021 nominee; Bank Street Best Book), and picture book Alfie, No! (Scholastic). Frieda holds a BA from CCNY in International Relations with honors in History and a MSc in Special Education from Ferkauf Graduate School (NY). She has taught children and adults with learning disabilities in New York, Israel, and Canada. A New York City native, she now lives in Toronto, Canada.