Colleen Paeff

Robert F. Sibert Honoree COLLEEN PAEFF starts every book with a sense of wonder for her subject. Whether exploring the intersection of pollution and infrastructure, as in The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2021), delving into the science of synchronous fireflies, as in Firefly Song: Lynn Frierson Faust and the Great Smoky Mountain Discovery (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2025), or following the journey of a Pakistani decorated truck as in Rainbow Truck (Chronicle Books, 2025), Colleen provides readers with equal doses of information and awe. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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