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Audrey Wood
Audrey Wood - 2015 National Book Festival (3).jpg
Born Susan Brewer
August 12, 1948
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Notable works The Napping House
Spouse Don Wood (1945–)

Audrey Wood (born August 12, 1948) is an American children's author. She received the Caldecott Medal honor for King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. Wood resides in Santa Barbara, California.


Wood's first memories of storytelling were in Sarasota, Florida, where her father was employed by Ringling Brothers Circus, commissioned to repaint the big top and sideshow murals. As Audrey became friends with the characters of the circus, she heard stories about them from the family of "little people" who lived next door to her family. She was the first of three girls. As the oldest, she began her gift of storytelling with her younger sisters. She would use her parents' art books and make up stories about the paintings. By the time she was in fourth grade, her ambition was to become an author/illustrator.

Wood uses children's literature to practice art, music, drama, dance, and writing. Her work creates a sense of imagination and excitement. She loves step-and-repeat stories for the "music of language". An example of this would be her famous book, The Napping House.

Her husband, Don, is the illustrator of many of her books, including King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. They began collaborating on children's literature seven years after their marriage, their first book together entitled Moonflute. Since its publication, Don has illustrated nearly 20 of her books. Their son, Bruce Robert Wood, was also an illustrator, which makes art a fifth-generation tradition in the family.

In an interview conducted by publisher Harcourt with them, Wood was congratulated on her success in publishing children's literature. The Napping House was being celebrated for its twentieth year in publication. Being asked how writing evolved her relationship with Don, she responded, "I read him a children's book during our honeymoon." She also said that even though always interested in children's books is wasn't until Bruce was born that she was pushed into action. Don did not care for the illustrations in her first book when it was published in England, and he did the illustrations in her book Moonflute when it was published in the United States. He has been hooked on illustrating children's books ever since.


Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond Simon reads Audrey Wood's The Napping House to young students (2008)
  • Blue Sky
  • Duffy Time
  • Oh My Baby Bear
  • Elbert's Bad Word
  • Rude Giants
  • Silly Sally
  • Little Penguin's Tale
  • Tugford Wanted To Be Bad
  • The Red Racer
  • Weird Parents
  • Alphabet Adventure (illustrated by Rhianna Piper)
  • Alphabet Mystery
  • Alphabet Rescue
  • Balloonia
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear (co-authored by Don Wood)
  • Birdsong
  • A Book for Honey Bear: Reading Keeps the Sighs Away
  • A Dog Needs a Bone!
  • Bright and Early Thursday Evening: A Tangled Tale
  • The Bunyans
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • Detective Valentine
  • The Flying Dragon Room
  • Heckedy Peg
  • Into the Napping House (pop-up book)
  • Jubal's Wish
  • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
  • Little Mouse and the Big Red Strawberry
  • Magic Shoelaces
  • The Napping House
  • Orlando's Little While Friends (co-authored by Don Wood)
  • Piggie Pie-Po
  • Presto Change-o
  • The Princess and the Dragon
  • Quick as a Cricket
  • The Rainbow Bridge
  • Scaredy Cats
  • Sweet Dream Pie
  • Ten Little Fish
  • Three Sisters
  • Tickle-Octopus
  • The Tooth Fairy
  • Twenty-Four Robbers
  • When the Root Children Wake Up

Holiday books

  • The Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam
  • A Cowboy Christmas: The Miracle at Lone Pine Ridge
  • The Horrible Holidays
  • Merry Christmas: Big Hungry Bear


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