Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6th, 1954, in West Virginia. She grew up in the Appalchian Mountain area. She grew up far away from big city life in a very small town. Her own was so small it did not have a library. But Cynthia still did lots of reading. She grew up buying and reading comic books. She would turn in old soda bottles for nickels and dimes and then buy her comics. She says she read the Archie Comics the most.
In college, Cynthia studied English and eventually became a librarian.
Writing was something Cynthia Rylant never intended on falling into. But she is glad she has a wonderful gift that she can share with others.
Cynthia has written lots of books over the years and has received many awards. One of her most popular book series in Henry and Mudge, but she has lots more! Kids love to use books like Cynthia Rylant's to learn and practice reading. See if you can find all of the Cynthia Rylant books we have in our school library!