Balkan, Gabrielle

Gabrielle Balkan’s non-fiction picture books delight readers ages 3-12 with curious and essential facts about the United States, animal record-breakers, and ground-breaking artists. Learn about the best place to see a hot dog eating contest, falling dino poop, and painting bones in her books The 50 States, Book of Dinosaurs: 10 Record-Breaking Prehistoric Animals, and Georgia O’Keeffe: She Saw the World in a Flower. She grew up ice skating at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and now hides geocaches with her twin 7th graders in the Hudson Valley. Visit her at and chat with her at @gabriellebalkan.

Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals: International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice Pick and A Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Title
The 50 States: A National Council for the Social Studies-Children’s Book Council Pick
Whose Bones: An Animal Guessing Game: An Indiana Authors Award Shortlist Pick
Book of Flight: 10 Record-Breaking Animals with Wings: An Indiana Authors Award Shortlist Pick.

3 Fun Facts

1. Gabe wrote her first book in 6th grade. It was about an elephant trying to hide at a circus.
2. Gabe takes improv classes every Thursday. Her favorite improv game is “Fortunately, Unfortunately”.
3. Gabe loves to visit cemeteries whenever she visits a new place.