Patricia Owen holds a master's degree from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College in Boston. Her bachelor's degrees are in German literature and French Immerson Elementary Education. Before she and her husband, John, had their three children, she worked as an elementary school teacher, in a children's bookstore, and as a librarian. During her studies at Simmons College she was an intern at The Horn Book Magazine. A list of Patricia Owen's favorite Newbery Award winners is available on the MARS HILL AUDIO Children's Literature web page.