Peggy Archer writes fiction, poetry and non-fiction for children. Her picture book Toad in the Road (Schwartz & Wade, Spring 2018) won the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Work-in-Progress Award for best picture book text in 2015. Besides her picture books, Peggy is the author of two board books for the Highlights Let’s Grow series for ages 0-2 years. Her two board books for Highlights Find It series will be released in 2016.
Peggy enjoys speaking to children and adults about books and writing. She has done author presentations to students in elementary through high school, and has been a guest speaker at conferences and events for children’s writers. She is the PAL Coordinator for Missouri SCBWI, and a former ARA for Indiana SCBWI.
Peggy enjoys reading, walking, line dancing and spending time with her family. She and her husband have six grown children and several grandchildren. Born in Gary, IN, Peggy spent most of her life in northwest Indiana. She and her husband live in O’Fallon, MO.
Awards and Recognition
- Toad in the Road (coming from Schwartz & Wade, Spring 2018) won the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Work-in-Progress Award for best picture book text in 2015.
- Name That Dog! Puppy Poems from A to Z (Dial Books for Young Readers) was nominated for the 2012 Utah Beehive Award for Poetry and was listed on Grandparents.com’s Best Collections of Poetry Spring 2010.
- From Dawn to Dreams, Poems for Busy Babies (Candlewick Press) received a letter of merit from SCBWI and was nominated for the 2007 Cybil Award for Children's Poetry.
- Turkey Surprise (Dial Books for Young Readers) was a NY Times Bestseller in 2007.