About Elizabeth​

Learn more about Elizabeth Raum

Hey there!

Nice of you to drop by. I love being a writer! For several years I worked as a teacher and librarian. This helped prepare me for the challenges of writing books. Now, I spend my days doing research, taking notes, and writing. I especially enjoy learning how people lived in other times and places. After hours of research, I put my notes together to create an original book. Then I revise – and revise some more. I’ve written more than 160 books, most for readers ages 8-12. I hope that someday you’ll read one of them. Perhaps you already have . . .

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Questions Kids Ask

When did you decide to become a writer?

Elizabeth Raum in the third grade

I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was in third grade. My teacher, Mrs. Brown, assigned us to write poems. Mine was a four line verse about snowflakes, and when Mrs. Brown said to me, “You’ll be a writer when you grow up,” I was thrilled. It became my secret dream. When I meet with students, often one or two step forward to tell me that they plan to become writers, too, which makes me smile!

Where do you live?

Elizabeth Raum's house

I’ve lived in eight different states during my life: Vermont, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Now I live in Greeneville, Tennessee, a friendly town in the Appalachian Mountains. Wherever I’ve lived, I’ve discovered wonderful friends and great stories.

What’s Your Favorite Book (not one you’ve written)?

Charlotte's Web Book Cover

Charlotte’s Web is probably my favorite. It’s a terrific book, written in 1952, but the story never grows old. If you haven’t read it, give it a try. I never thought I’d come to love a spider and a pig, but I certainly love Charlotte and Wilbur.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

child reading "A Kidnapping in Kentucky, 1776"

It’s a happy day when I get a copy of the finished book in the mail. But the truth is, I don’t read it. I’ve already read it a gazillion times, so I just make sure it wasn’t printed upside down or backward, and then I put it on the bookshelf and prepare to share it with others.

I am always thrilled to see young readers delve into books and be carried to new worlds — maybe the past, maybe the present, or maybe even the future. I like getting notes from readers, too, so if you want to contact me, just hit the contact button above, and I’ll be sure to write back.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Elizabeth Raum with husband Richard

I like to go on outings with my husband, Richard. I enjoy hiking, gardening, and helping with the chickens on my son’s farm. Chickens are fascinating creatures, so it’s fun to watch them.

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