Helen Frost

Helen Frost won a Michael L. Printz Honor for her novel Keesha's House. She is also the critically acclaimed author of The Braid, Spinning Through the Universe, and Diamond Willow. She has delighted in watching monarchs for decades, and now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where her yard is a certified Monarch Waystation. To learn more about her go to www.helenfrost.net.

Books by this Author

One of nature's most perfect relationships

Every spring the monarch butterfly migrates thousands of miles in search of the ideal milkweed plant. When she finds it, she lays her eggs on the plant, so when each egg hatches, the baby caterpillar can feed on the milkweed leaves. The milkweed plant then provides the perfect protection as the caterpillar turns into one of nature's wonders, a chrysalis, before transforming into an even greater wonder: a monarch butterfly. And once the...

Author Revealed

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. If you want to write a picture book, read at least 100 picture books and think about what you love in each one.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. A House is a House for Me, by Mary Ann Hoberman

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. I'll list some picture books I love, since Monarch and Milkweed is a picture book (I write a lot of different kinds of books).

Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey

All the Places to Love, by Patricia MacLachlan

The Giant, by Claire Ewart

Emma Dilemma, by Kristine O'Connell George

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, by Verna Aardema

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I love your book.