Louise Borden is the author of over thirty books for young readers. A lifelong reader and former bookstore owner, Louise has spoken at hundreds of schools across the country as well as at national and regional conferences.
Louise has been interviewed by the NYT, USA TODAY, The Writer Magazine, the BBC, and various NPR programs. Louise and her husband Peter have three grown children, and four grandchildren. Louise lives in Cincinnati.
Louise Borden speaks about her life as a writer and the writing process, using slides and visual materials, and has students participate in the presentations. Audience: Youth. Please visit this link for more about Louise Borden’s speaking.
SKI SOLDIER: A WORLD WAR II BIOGRAPHY (2018): This true-life adventure story tells the story of Pete Seibert, a ski soldier severely wounded in World War II, who went on to found the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado.
Ever since he first strapped on his mother’s wooden skis when he was seven, Pete Seibert always loved to ski. At eighteen, Seibert enlisted in the U.S. Army and joined the 10th Mountain Division, soldiers who fought on skis.
In the mountains of Italy, Seibert encountered the mental and physical horrors of war. When he was severely wounded and sent home to recover, Seibert worried that he might never ski again. But with perseverance and the help of other 10th Mountain ski soldiers, he took to the slopes and fulfilled his boyhood dream—founding a ski resort in Vail, Colorado. The immediacy of Louise Borden’s vivid text puts readers on the front lines with Seibert and his platoon. This dramatic recounting of a World War II experience includes archival photos, as well as commentary on the legacy of the 10th Mountain Division, and a detailed list of sources. (Ages 10+)
THE JOURNEY THAT SAVED CURIOUS GEORGE, YOUNG READER’S EDITION (2016): Now elementary school readers can follow the Rey’s amazing journey in this Young Reader’s Edtion. Part travel journal, part gripping biography this volume includes full-color illustrations, original photos, ticket stubs, entries from Hans Rey’s diaries, activities, a new afterword, and an interview with the author. The perfect selection for book reports, biography units, and Curious George fans of all ages. (Ages 8-12)
THE JOURNEY THAT SAVED CURIOUS GEORGE: THE TRUE WARTIME ESCAPE OF MARGRET AND H.A. REY (2010): In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts among their few possessions.
Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey’s pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically and colorfully illustrates their wartime trek to a new home. Follow the Rey’s amazing story in this unique large format book that resembles a travel journal and includes full-color illustrations, original photos, actual ticket stubs and more. A perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages. (Ages 10+)