LaRocca, Rajani

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winning middle grade novel in verse, Red, White, and Whole. She’s always been an omnivorous reader, and now she is an omnivorous writer of fiction and nonfiction, novels and picture books, prose and poetry. She finds inspiration in her family, her childhood, the natural world, math, science, and just about everywhere she looks. Learn more about Rajani and her books at She also co-hosts the STEM Women in KidLit Podcast.

Newbery Honor; Walter Dean Myers Award; Golden Kite Award; Crystal Kite Award; New England Book Award; Massachusetts Book Award and numerous other state award nominations; featured on the Today Show; “Best of” lists from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, SLJ, and others. Numerous starred reviews. See more awards and honors at

3 Fun Facts

1. I love to travel, cook, and bake.
2. I have an impossibly cute dog named Boomer.
3. I’m a practicing doctor.