Dori Hillestad Butler is the author of more than 60 books for young readers including the two-time Geisel Honor award winning King & Kayla series, the Edgar award winning Buddy Files series, the Treasure Troop series, the Dear Beast series and the Haunted Library series. Her books have appeard on ALSC Notable, Bank Street College Best Books of the Year, Junior Library Guild, CCBC Choice, Booklist Editor’s Choice and more than 20 state award lists.
Dori has also been a ghost writer for the Boxcar Children and other popular series, and she’s written magazine stories, educational materials, plays, book reviews, character sketches for a mystery game and questions for a trivia game. She’s served as a judge on multiple Edgar award committees and has been an active library volunteer, therapy dog partner and mentor to many young writers. She loves visiting schools and libraries all over the country, either in person or virtually, and is eager to share her love of story with readers and writers of all ages. She grew up in southern Minnesota, spent 19 years in Iowa, and now lives in the Seattle area.