Steve Metzger

Steve Metzger is the award-winning author of many children’s books, including Detective Blue (SLJ starred review) and Pluto Visits Earth (Children’s Choice Book Awards Nominee). The first book in his forthcoming graphic-novel series, The Bumble Brothers (illustrated by Brian Schatell), will be published in Fall 2022. While growing up, he enjoyed being silly, which sometimes got him in trouble at school. Now that he’s a grown-up, he (mostly) keeps out of trouble by writing silly books. Steve lives with his family in New York City.

What was your favorite book as a child?

When I was a young child, I loved “The Red Carpet” by Rex Parkin. It’s a wild, rhyming read-aloud about a carpet that keeps rolling…and rolling…and rolling all through the town..

What cool travel spots would you most highly recommend?

Nothing too exotic here: Jamaica, Venice, Paris, Florence, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Canyon.

Awards and honors:

The Way I Act: (Parenting Press) Winner of the Gold Award in the illustrated children’s book category of Book Design of the Publishers Association of the West; Approved for classroom use by the California Reading Association.

Detective Blue: (Scholastic) Starred Review (SLJ); Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Nominee; IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Nominee: Kansas Bill Martin Jr. Children’s Book Award Nominee; Colorado Children’s Book Nominee.

Pluto Visits Earth!: (Scholastic) ABC Best Books for Children catalog.

Yes, I Can Listen: (Chicago Review Press) Eureka! Honor Award from the California Reading Association.

Bank Street Alumni Association Award


Published Books:

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt (Scholastic) 2005

The Great Turkey Race (Scholastic) 2006

The Mixed-Up Alphabet (Scholastic) 2007

Skeleton Meets the Mummy (Scholastic) 2010

The Way I Act (Parenting Press) 2011

The Dancing Clock (Tiger Tales) 2011

Detective Blue (Scholastic) 2011

The Ice Cream King (Tiger Tales) 2011

Pluto Visits Earth! (Scholastic) 2012

The Turkey Train (Scholastic) 2012

Lincoln and Grace: Why Abraham Lincoln Grew a Beard (Scholastic) 2013

This Is the House that Monsters Built (Scholastic) 2016

Toto’s Story (self-published chapter book) 2016

Princess Kitty (HarperCollins) 2017

Yes, I Can Listen! (Chicago Review Press) 2019

Turn Off Your Silly Phone! (Koehler Books) 2020

A Hawk Is Thankful Board Book (Familius) 2022

The Bumble Brothers Graphic Novel Series (Reycraft) 2022


Visit Steve at:

Available for School Visits:

My program (PreK – 5th Grade) features:

Award-winning picture books, including The Way I Act, Detective Blue, and Yes, I Can Listen!

Science connections are made with Pluto Visits Earth!

The power of writing is emphasized through Lincoln and Grace: Why Abraham Lincoln Grew a Beard.

The six traits of writing, especially “point of view,” is communicated through Toto’s Story: My Amazing Adventures with Dorothy in Oz.

An engaging PowerPoint presentation: the process of how a picture book is created– from idea to publication.