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Pat Zietlow Miller


Pat Zietlow Miller


Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!)

Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine.

Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. Her first picture book, SOPHIE’S SQUASH, will be illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf and published Aug. 6, 2013 by Schwartz & Wade, a division of Random House.

Pat Zietlow Miller

Books by Pat Zietlow Miller

Written by Pat Zietlow Miller with illustrations by Anne Wilsdorf - Children's, Children's 3-7, Family, Family Life, Picture

This charming sequel to the beloved Sophie’s Squash is the perfect antidote to the back-to-school jitters. Sophie goes to school for the first time and has no interest in making friends that aren’t squash. Here’s a gently humorous read-aloud that proves that making friends, just like growing squash, takes time. 

Written by Pat Zietlow Miller with illustrations by Frank Morrison - Children's 5-8, Family, Prejudice , Racism

It's the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. She'll be riding on a float tomorrow. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. It doesn't matter that Alta's shoes have holes because Wilma came from hard times, too. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race? Will she still be the quickest kid? THE QUICKEST KIDS IN CLARKSVILLE is a timeless story of dreams, determination and the power of friendship.

written by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Jill McElmurry - Children's 5-8, Historical Fiction, Picture

In this spirited ode to the holiday, set at the turn of the twentieth century, a large family works together to make their special meal. Mama prepares the turkey, Daddy tends the fire, Sister kneads and Brother bastes. Everyone --- from Grandma and Grandpa to the littlest baby --- has a special job to do. Told in spare, rhythmic verse and lively illustrations, SHARING THE BREAD is a perfect read-aloud to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition.

Written by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler - Picture

Join an adventurous rabbit and his animal friends as they journey over steep mountain peaks, through bustling cityscapes, and down long, winding roads to discover the magical worlds that await them just outside their doors.

by Pat Zietlow Miller

On a trip to the farmers' market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents' gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes.... What's a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?