“There’s such a specific, magical energy when a room full of children are engaged with the same book–hypnotically calm yet also as full of energy as a coiled spring. Working with that dynamic feels like being a symphony conductor, knowing when to let silence fall and when to answer questions rapid-fire, when to tell a joke and when to be heartfelt. We all leave feeling transformed.”
Kyle Lukoff has been working at the intersection of people and reading for over twenty years. From a high school job at Barnes & Noble, he has managed to make books his entire life. He grew up near Seattle, Washington, but moved to New York City in 2002.
Kyle is the Stonewall-award winning author When Aidan Became A Brother, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, which “sets a new standard of excellence in transgender representation,” according to a Kirkus starred review. He is also the author of the Max and Friends early reader series illustrated by Luciano Lozano about a young trans boy and his friends, as well as the linguistically humorous picture books A Storytelling of Ravens (illustratrated by Natalie Nelson) and Explosion at the Poem Factory (illustrated by Mark Hoffmann).
Prior to becoming a full-time writer Kyle was the librarian at Corlears, an independent elementary school in New York City. He spent eight years working with children from preschool through fifth grade, teaching literature and research skills as well as helping kids and their parents connect with books and reading. He reviews regularly for Kirkus, and served as a 2020 Kirkus Prize judge. He also spent two years as a juror for the Stonewall Award, prior to winning it in 2020.
His debut middle grade novel Too Bright To See will be released by Dial Books in April of 2021. His first non-fiction work, If You’re A Kid Like Gavin (illustrated by J Yang) is a collaboration with young transgender activist Gavin Grimm, and follows Gavin’s fight for equality in school, and will be out from Katherine Tegen books in 2022.
When Kyle isn’t reading or writing, he’s making something complicated for dinner, petting a cat, or riding his bike. He lives in Brooklyn.
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