Colleen Paeff is the author of THE GREAT STINK: HOW JOSEPH BAZALGETTE SOLVED LONDON’S POOP POLLUTION PROBLEM (illustrated by Nancy Carpenter; Margaret K McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 2021). Fueled by English breakfast tea, a burning curiosity, and a love of research, Colleen writes picture books from a book-lined office in an old pink house with a view of the Hollywood sign. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators and The Soaring 20s, a group of debut authors and illustrators with picture books releasing in 2020. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @ColleenPaeff.

Colleen is represented by Clelia Gore of Martin Literary Management.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2018 Runner-Up, SCBWI-Los Angeles Writer's Day Contest–Nonfiction, THE GREAT STINK: HOW JOSEPH BAZALGETTE SOLVED LONDON'S POOP POLLUTION PROBLEM (This stinky tale is coming to libraries and book stores near you in March of 2021!)

  • 2017 Writing with the Stars Mentorship

  • 2016 Featured on SCBWI's Community Corner

  • 2016 First Place Winner, SCBWI-Los Angeles Writer's Day Contest–Nonfiction, ART ON WHEELS: PAKISTAN'S DECORATED TRUCKS

  • 2014 First Place Winner, SCBWI-Los Angeles Writer's Day Contest–Picture Book, KIKO HELD TIGHT