Born on August 11, 1941, in New York, Kroll grew up and later graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in American history and literature. While working as an editor in both London and New York, Kroll found himself getting encouragement from his former wife and publishing associates to begin writing children's books. He ignored them for a time before taking the idea seriously. With his first published book printed in 1975, Kroll has since written almost ninety children's books, from picture books to novels for young adults. His The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, which was also recorded on audiocassette, shows his talent in fiction, while with Lewis and Clark, Kroll delves into historical nonfiction. A traveler and speaker at schools, Kroll shares what he has gleaned from his neighborhood and the world around him. He and his wife live in both New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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