Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
Amy Sanders Library
31 Shelby Drive
Carla Killough McClafferty writes nonfiction books for young readers, but her first career was as a radiologic technologist. Her work as an author began with her debut book, Forgiving God, an inspirational book that deals with the death of her youngest son, Corey.
Next, she turned her attention to writing nonfiction for readers in upper elementary, middle, and high school. Her first three books in this genre were The Head Bone's Connected to the Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful X-ray, Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium, and In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry.
Her latest book is The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon. In a recent interview, McClafferty discussed her inspiration for the book. "One day in 2007, I watched a documentary titled The Search for George Washington. It showed how Mount Vernon brought together a team of experts from the fields of science, history, and art in order to find out what George Washington really looked like."
As for her preferred genre, she says, "I love to write for a middle-grade audience because they already have a general knowledge of many things, but they are willing to add deeper layers to their understanding."
McClafferty's books have been recognized for excellence by many groups, including the Junior Library Guild, the American Library Association, and the Society of School Librarians.
McClafferty and her husband, Pat, live in North Little Rock. They have three children.