About Anola

Anola Pickett is a former teacher and school librarian who writes for both children and adults. She began composing stories as a busy third grader, and her new book, KATE'S OCEAN, can be pre-ordered from doodleandpeck.com and amazon.com.


A native of Kansas City, Missouri, she has traveled throughout the United States and the world, often to visit her son, Gerry, and his wife, Kara, who currently live in Singapore with their redhaired daughter and her happy little brother.  Anola has found inspiration as nearby as the block where she grew up and as far away as the streets of Abu Dhabi. 


She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Heartland Writers for Kids and Teens. Her first children's book, Old Enough for Magic, was published in 1993 by Harper & Row; her short fiction and articles have appeared in dozens of publications across the United States. A teaching resource manual she co-wrote, Multiple Intelligences and Positive Life Habits, was published in 2001 and her historical novels,Wasatch Summer and Whisper Island, Callahan Crossroads, and Callahan Crisis were published in 2011. 2013, 2015 and 2019 respectively.  


Anola holds a master's degree in inner-city education and has taught at urban schools in St. Louis and Kansas City. She lives in Kansas City with her husband, Peter.