Kathleen T. Pelley is the author of numerous children’s books. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she grew up listening to stories about fairies, leprechauns, and other whimsical characters. Pelley spent her summers in Ireland with her grandparents, where she heard more fantastical tales and huddled around the radio during the BBC children’s hour. Pelley’s love for language and storytelling stems from these childhood memories.
Because she enjoys stories from the past, Pelley obtained a BA in history from Edinburgh University in Scotland. She also received a post graduate diploma in Catholic elementary education. A former elementary school teacher, Pelley continues to share her affinity for fairytales by reading to children. As a volunteer for the Colorado Talking Book Library, she narrates stories for audio books.
Pelley received a Colorado Book Award and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book Award for her book, Inventor McGregor. She is a member of the Authors Guild, the Colorado Authors’ League, and the Colorado Council International Reading Association. In addition to storytelling, Pelley enjoys listening to Celtic music, knitting, and hiking with her two golden retrievers. She is also passionate about raising awareness of the Makumbi Children’s Home in Zimbabwe, an AIDS orphanage. Though Pelley has traveled to such faraway lands as Thailand and India, she calls Colorado her home.