Welcome

Hello there. My name is Lizzie Cooke and I’m a children’s writer with a love of trees, ice cream, and, of course, books.

I grew up among the forests and fields of southern Wisconsin, where I spent most of my time with my nose in a book—preferably while sitting in a tree. A few of my favorites included Bridge to Terabithia, the Redwall series, and anything by Mildred D. Taylor or Madeleine L’Engle.

Little Lizzie Reading in Tree

As an avid reader, it wasn’t long before I started penning stories of my own. One of my earliest manuscripts featured a dog named Sparky who was kidnapped by a traveling circus troupe—but don’t worry! It had a happy ending. Sparky was reunited with his family and even learned a few circus tricks along the way.

Little Lizzie Typing

Today I live in Chicago with my husband, Michael, and our adopted dog, Luna (as in, Lovegood). My poem Pebbles was published in Cicada, a literary magazine for teens, and my novel The Word We Don’t Say was a runner-up in the 2018 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize contest from Elephant Rock Books. I also have an essay in the anthology Coming of Age at the End of Nature, which you can check out on the Books page.

Little Lizzie playing in the lake square cropped

Currently, I’m working on two standalone novels for middle grade readers. My interests tend toward anything with magic, adventure, and whimsy (think: Kate DiCamillo or Neil Gaiman). I’m proud to be represented by Rachel Letofsky at CookeMcDermid (no relation on the Cooke side), and I can’t wait to share my stories with the world!