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Miranda Paul


Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul has worked as a teacher, volunteer zookeeper, and freelance writer--among other things. She is passionate about creating stories for young readers that inspire, entertain, and broaden horizons. Miranda is also a thrill-seeker, and one of her bravest moments involved reciting poetry from inside a crocodile pit. (Yikes!)
In addition to more than 50 short stories for magazines and digital markets, Miranda is the picture book author of many forthcoming titles: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Lerner/Millbrook, 2015); Water is Water (Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Books, 2015); 10 Little Ninjas (Penguin Random House/Knopf, 2016) and Helping Hands (Lerner/Millbrook, 2016). She is also a team member of We Need Diverse Books™ and the administrator of, a site for aspiring writers. Learn more at

Miranda Paul

Books by Miranda Paul

by Miranda Paul, Baptiste Paul, and Isabel Muñoz - Children's, Children's 4-8, Picture, Youth Fiction

Children all around the world go to school. Whether they're from Japan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, or the United States, all students have the desire to learn about the world and shape the future. The treks of these students are unique, extraordinary and even dangerous, and they signify the common determination, perseverance and sense of adventure shared by young people around the world. Read along as students from 13 different nations embark on their journeys to get to school in the morning, and learn about the diverse landscapes and cultures of these countries along the way!

Written by Miranda Paul with illustrations by Nate Wragg - Children's 3-5, Fiction, Humor

It may be bedtime, but these little ninjas aren't tired. They're sliding, swinging and slipping out of bed! Can Daddy and the sensei ever tuck them in? Filled with mischievous fun, 10 LITTLE NINJAS will take young readers from playtime to bedtime again and again. Kids will love the astronauts, tigers, cowboys, dragons and more!

by Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon - Picture

Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred.