Natalie Rompella is the author of children’s books for all ages. In addition to her trade books, she has written fourteen leveled readers for National Geographic, Scott Foresman, and Reading A-Z. Natalie is a former elementary and middle school teacher. She also taught science in the Chicago Public Schools and wrote curriculum for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. She now writes full-time.
“Of course I used the library! I remember story time with Sandy, the summer reading programs with the stickers (I think I still have one where the chart is shaped like a treasure chest), and, best of all, the bookmobile. It would stop in front of our house in the summer. I loved getting on it and having the library come to me.
“I attended Andrew Cooke Magnet where my 4th grade teacher allowed my friends and I to hang out in the dungeon (supply closet) at lunch recess so we could write stories.
“In the spirit of Ray Bradbury and the ravines near my house, I did write a short story mystery called “Trick-or-Treat on Ravine Street” (although there are no ravines in the book). (It is in an anthology for girls titled The Girls.)
I also have a novel I am working on set in Waukegan where I mentioned Glen Rock pop—which was a huge part of my childhood. :)”