By day, Gloria Koster works as a children’s
librarian at a wonderful elementary school in
Connecticut. It is the perfect setting in which to
wallow among wonderful children's books and
get lots of ideas for her own stories.  “I try to
write every evening,” she says, but she admits
that this is a challenge “because other activities
invariably crop up.”  However, perseverance has
paid off.  Albert Whitman & Company will publish
Gloria Koster’s first picture book, The Peanut-
Free Café, in the spring of 2006. This is the story
of a fussy eater named Simon who adores
peanut butter and will eat hardly anything else.  
What will happen when the new boy in Simon’s
class has a serious peanut allergy?
Gloria’s previous careers have included teaching
English and working as an agent for public
speakers and performing artists. She resides in
Pound Ridge, New York, with her husband and
teenage son. Two older children have already
spread their wings and flown the coop.  Besides
writing, Gloria is passionate about knitting and
cross-country skiing.