Lindsay H. Metcalf is a journalist and award-winning author of nonfiction books for young people, including Beatrix Potter, Scientist, a Mighty Girl Best Book of 2020 and Young People’s Literature Award winner from the Friends of American Writers Chicago; Farmers Unite! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices, a Kansas Notable Book, Friends of American Writers honoree, NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and Junior Library Guild selection; and No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, a Kirkus and Chicago Public Library Best Book, Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and NCTE Notable Poetry Book. Her latest book, No World Too Big: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change, is a picture-book poetry anthology from the team behind No Voice Too Small (Charlesbridge, spring 2023). Forthcoming titles include Outdoor Farm, Indoor Farm, illustrated by Xin Li (Astra Young Readers, spring 2024), and Tomatoes on Trial: The Fruit Vs. Vegetable Supreme Court Showdown, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Calkins Creek, fall 2025). Lindsay lives with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie of pets a few miles from the Kansas farm where she grew up.
It was on the farm that Lindsay developed a curiosity about nature. She loved to follow her golden retriever to the creek and hunt for beaver-gnawed tree stumps and deer tracks. To wonder at the ripples from skipping pebbles on the water. She also loved to ride the combine with her dad—and to read.
After high school and college, she flew the coop for a career as a newspaper reporter and editor in the city. She rekindled her love of children’s books when she realized her two rambunctious little boys would sit still for a good story. That gave her a new mission: to tell stories that empower children and encourage them to care for the world and all its creatures.