Sandra Horning grew up outside of Reading, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Mt. Penn High School. She has a BA in sociology with a minor in Russian from Bryn Mawr College. As a child, she would make up stories—plays, commercials, and news broadcasts. Horning’s love of children’s books blossomed when she wrote a college research paper on the Bernstain Bears books and their cultural hegemony.
After college, Horning worked in the children’s department of a bookstore, sorting through new titles and hand-selecting her favorite books for the customers. When her husband’s studies took them to Ireland, she worked at a small software company and began to nurture her writing career. She has published two children’s picture books for beginning readers.
Horning is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Connecticut Cooperative of Home Educators East of the River, and Friends of Goodwin. A board member of the Chaplin Public Library, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, swimming, gardening, and cooking. She lives with her husband, two sons, eight chickens, and three ducks in Chaplin, Connecticut. Although she cannot grow a big pumpkin in the shady woods where she lives, Horning grows as many shade-loving plants as she can and stops to admire any exceptional pumpkin.