Polly Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She went to college at the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto, studying with the Royal Academy of Dance and later becoming an R.A.D. teacher.
After graduation, she lived in New York City and Montreal before settling in Metchosin, British Columbia, with her husband, Arnie Keller, and their two daughters, Emily and Rebecca. They have a dog, Andrew, and a horse, Zayda. They live on a hilltop with an assortment of deer, rabbits, two ducks who visit their pond daily—and the occasional cougar and bear.
Polly Horvath has written many books for children that have won awards in both the United States and Canada including a Newbery Honor, National Book Award, the Toronto-Dominion Canadian Children's Award, and The Vicky Metcalf award for her body of work. Her books have been picks of both Rosie O'Donnell and Oprah and have been translated into over twenty five languages.
Did we mention an occasional bear?