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Lynda grew up in western Pennsylvania before moving to Brooklyn with her artist-husband, Ray Barber, who illustrated her first children's book, Who Lives Inside? In New York City, Lynda worked as a children's book editor and freelance journalist, writing for, among others, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Travel & Leisure


She is the author of 17 books, 15 for children.  Her picture book Say Boo! is a Scholastic Book Club Selection.  The American Institute of Graphic Artists selected The Kit Furniture Book as one of its "50 Best Books of the Year," and KokoCat Inside and Out garnered a Silver Moonbeam Children's Book Award.  Lynda holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. 


Lynda lives in western New York, surrounded by lakes and vineyards, with her husband, David, and their rescue dog, Pippa.