About Me


Greetings! I am Gloria Koster, a children’s author and librarian. For many years I worked full-time at a wonderful Connecticut elementary school. I’ve also served as an interim director of Pound Ridge Library in my hometown of Pound Ridge, New York.

Currently I am a member of the Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education. Each year we read hundreds of new titles to select the very finest choices to be included in our Best Books guide.

I’m also a member of the Women’s National Book Association, serving as Co-Chair of the WNBA Pannell Award. Each year we honor two Independent Book Stores for their services to children.

My husband Eric and I have three adult children and four grandkids. When we’re not at home, we’re generally heading north to Vermont or into nearby New York City. We also love to travel, especially to France, where I continue to embarrass myself by stumbling over the elegant language. Quel dommage!

My first book, The Peanut-Free Café, was inspired by all the time I spent in a school lunchroom, watching a lot of fussy eaters and the challenges faced by kids with food allergies. My other titles include Little Red Ruthie (Albert Whitman), Mitzi’s Mitzvah (Kar-Ben), and Dance the Hora Isadora (Apples & Honey Press). And stay tuned for my forthcoming publications soon to be released from Capstone Press. These include a 6-book series on Healthy Foods and agraphic folktale, The King with a Horse’s Ears.