Author, Hester Bass was raised in a small town in Georgia, and currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bass also spent cherished years in Ocean Springs, Mississippi; a setting that has inspired her adventures and her writing.
With a wide range of experiences, Bass has lived a full and interesting life. In addition to her pursuits as an author, Bass was once a singer in a Boston, Massachusetts rock band, and she has appeared on the game shows $50,000 Pyramid and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
As a child, Bass created a list of places to go and things to do; as an adult she still enjoys checking items off of that list. Game shows and rock bands were there, of course, but some of the most important items on her list include: reading books, writing stories, and having a job that’s fun. Without doubt, she is succeeding in all of these arenas.
Bass is married to a Southern artist and has two children. The family has enjoyed time in New York City, Atlanta, and Huntsville, in addition to Santa Fe. Travel is a recurring theme throughout Bass’ writing, and her enjoyment of it shines through.
Bass’ first book, So Many Houses is a children’s primary reader published by Scholastic. Her second book, The Secret World of Walter Anderson is also a children’s book, but is aimed at an older audience. Published by Candlewick Press, Secret World was illustrated by E.B. Lewis and has received the honors of the SIBA Book Award and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. Her latest book, Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama, also received accolades throughout the industry, with a starred review in Publishers Weekly and the Winter 2015 SIBA Okra Pick.
Hester Bass continues to publish wonderful books for children of all ages and to check items off of her life’s list. Her readers benefit from the fact that those two things are so beautifully intertwined.