About Clare

Author Bio

Clare Hodgson Meeker is an award-winning author of 10 children’s books, including the Smithsonian Notable Book Lootas Little Wave Eater which has sold over 26,000 copies to date. Her most recent book is Soccer Dreams: Playing the Seattle Sounders FC Way, a licensed product of Major League Soccer, which is also available as an ebook for the KindleFire and Apple iPad. In 2006, Clare created a monthly story series entitled Olive and Max’s Big Backyard which was published in The National Wildlife Federation’s “Your Big Backyard” magazine for young children from September 2006-December 2008. One story in the series, Beavers, Berries, and Bears, Oh My! was a finalist for the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement award in 2008. 

Clare teaches writing and makes appearances in elementary school and middle schools throughout Washington and Oregon, as well as at Richard Hugo House, a writers cooperative in Seattle, Washington. She has also been a frequent speaker and panel moderator at conferences in the Northwest. Born and raised in New York, Clare graduated with a BA in Music from Boston University and received a law degree from Hofstra University in 1980. She left the practice of law to raise two children and began her career writing children’s books in 1993. Clare is a founding member of The Righteous Mothers, a female vocal group that has performed nationally for over 30 years.

 

 
 
Clare teaches writing and makes author appearances in elementary school and middle schools throughout Washington and Oregon. She also teaches writing for children to adults at Richard Hugo House, a writers cooperative in Seattle, Washington.
 
 
Clare writes:  “When children become writers themselves, they learn the power of their own words to move people. They feel the excitement of searching for answers to their own questions. And they give voice to their own rich imaginations.”
    
Clare has also been a frequent speaker at writing conferences in the Northwest, including:
 
Write on The River in May, 2008
 
Whidbey Island Writers Conference in May 2006
 
Washington Library and Media Association (WLMA) and the Washington Organization for Reading Development (WORD).
 
She has moderated panels on “School Work: Building Relationships Between Authors, Schools and Bookstores” at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association in Portland, Oregon, and a nonfiction writing panel entitled “Why Do young Readers Pick Nonfiction?” at the Northwest Bookfest in Seattle, Washington.