Brooke Bessesen

Brooke Bessesen photoBrooke Bessesen is the recipient of the 2012 Judy Goddard/Libraries Limited Arizona Children’s Author/Illustrator Award. Her most recent book is a nonfiction leveled reader entitled Invertebrates. She also has three popular picture books that combine humor and fact. Look Who Lives in the Ocean! is a colorful introduction to twenty-one marine species, and a sequel to Look Who Lives in the Desert!, which received the Glyph Award for “Best Children’s Nonfiction” and Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick for Kids. Her title Zachary Z. Packrat and His Amazing Collections, illustrated by Flo & Friend’s cartoonist Jenny Campbell, was the 2009 Phoenix Public Library Project GOAL book and a 2011 Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee.


As an educator Brooke has created nearly 100 pages of standards-based curriculum and activities for grades k-8. She has taught many writing workshops at libraries and schools and presented to hundreds of audiences including International Reading Association, Tucson Festival of Books, Society of Southwestern Authors, Phoenix Writers Club, National League of Pen Women and Women’s Expo. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher, Brooke inspires writers of all ages to find their own creative spirit. For more information visit