Molly Beth Griffin is the author of four picture books: Ten Beautiful Things, The Big Leaf Leap, Rhoda’s Rock Hunt, and Loon Baby. She has also published a young adult novel, Silhouette of a Sparrow, two chapbooks of poetry, and a series of beginning readers. Two more picture books are forthcoming in 2024: Rings of Heartwood: Poems on Growing and Just Us.
Silhouette of a Sparrow (winner of the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature) was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and ForeWord’s Book of the Year, and was featured on ALA’s Rainbow List and on the Amelia Bloomer List of Feminist Literature. Ten Beautiful Things received four starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Rhoda’s Rock Hunt won a Northeast Minnesota Book Award and a Jeanette Fair Book Award, and was a Star of the North nominee. Molly was the recipient of the 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Children’s Literature as well as two MSAB Artist Initiative Grants. Molly is represented by Jennifer Flannery of Flannery Literary.
She is a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and has been teaching writing for children (to adults) at the Loft Literary Center for 12 years. She critiques manuscripts, visits schools, and hosts a monthly Picture Book Salon for writers and illustrators. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner and their two children, where she enjoys hiking, taking photos, drawing birds, eating pastries, watching mysteries, and waiting for the mail.