Welcome to the website of award-winning

Children's Book Author, Steve Metzger.


Steve has written more than 70 children's books, including 

  • Pluto Visits Earth! (ABC Best Books for Children), 

  • Detective Blue (Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee), and 

  • The Way I Act (aligned with Common Core State Standards and approved for classroom use by the California Dept. of Education).

To  arrange an author visit for the 2021/22 school year, please check out the "Author Visits" section.

Steve Metzger has writte moe thn 70 children's books.


Pluto Visits Earth, by Steve Metzger
Skeleton and the Mummy, by Steve Metzge
The Ice Cream King, by Steve Metzger
The Way I Act, by Steve Metzger
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt, by Steve Metzger


     WHAT'S NEW?     

Coming in Fall 2022
A Hawk Is Thankful!
A New Board Book from Familius!

A bee is thankful for its hive,

A dolphin for its morning dive.

A mouse is thankful for her mice,

A penguin for the snow and ice.


Delightful illustrations and engaging rhymes show the different ways animals give thanks!

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Click the arrows to scroll through our Featured Books

Last Book

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Yes, I Can Listen!

New Spring Rhyme!

2019 Honoree of "Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award" from the California Reading Association!" ​

Below, watch Steve and Susan discuss "Yes, I Can Listen!" and their other books at this year's Bay Area Book Festival


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I love visiting schools and sharing the joy of children's literature with children, teachers, and librarians. My multi-media presentations incorporate literacy standards, attributes of STEM and the six traits of writing. I also explore the process of creating a picture book – from idea to publication. Programs may be customized for your school and feature:

  • Award-winning picture books

  • Storytelling

  • Audience participation

  • Science connections based on Pluto Visits Earth!

  • Toto's Story - Chapter Book for 6  to 10 year-olds

  • Books that promote character development

  • Time for Q&A

Suggested Audience: 

PreK - 5th Grade
Honorarium for

three 45-minute presentations:

 In-School Honorarium:  $750

Virtual Honorarium:  $675

Interested in setting up

a 2021/2022 author visit?


Steve Metzger during a school visit
Steve Metzger arrives for a school visit
Steve Metzger is our Visiting Author today.
Steve Metzger with his Grandma Mutti
Grandma Mutti and Steve
Steve Metzger with his daughter, Julia
Julia and Steve

I grew up in Queens, New York. It was a quieter time…when kids could enjoy hours of unsupervised outdoor play with their friends.


I was fortunate to have supportive parents and a wonderful younger sister, Lois (now a writer of amazing young-adult books – check out her website: loismetzger.com). Mutti, my remarkable grandmother, was a source of unconditional love, something every child needs.


I had a variety of jobs – dishwasher, taxi driver, hotel room clerk, and import manager – before finding my true calling, working with children. I went to graduate school and received my teaching degree from “Bank Street College of Education.”


I spent 15 happy years as a classroom teacher. Afterward, I worked at Scholastic, where I had the opportunity to write children’s books. Seventy books later, I’m still writing…and loving it!


I live with my wife, Nancy; daughter, Julia; and Biscuit, a talkative cat, in New York City.


Steve at "Books of Wonder"
Steve Metzger with his wife, Nancy
Nancy and Steve

Tracey Wong, SLMS, PS 54 
(Fordham Bedford Academy), Bronx, NY


The visit was great! So many teachers came up to me after and spoke of how their kids made connections and are excited to write now.

Dawn Gallis, Early Childhood Education Coordinator,
JCC Early Childhood Center

The children were so excited to see a “real-life” author in person. They were amazed that the person reading to them is the same person that wrote their favorite stories.



Bethany Hatheway, Classroom Teacher
Brooklyn, NY


We loved your books and your visit!!!.

Gretchen Berhorst: Supervisor, 
Missouri Conference on the Young Years

The information you provided during your keynote address is making a difference in the lives of Missouri’s young children and their families.

Tova Markowitz, Reading Specialist,
Lido Elementary School, Long Beach, NY

Thank you for enhancing shared literacy and the love for reading and writing to children. The kids were overjoyed about meeting an author.


Monica Rosario, ESL Teacher, PS 29, 
College Point, NY

I would absolutely recommend booking Steve Metzger to visit your school! I can’t tell you how many students and teachers came up to me the next day to tell me how wonderful he was.



Check out these terrific videos of some of my favorite stories with KidTime StoryTime's Eileen the StoryTeller and her amazing puppets.

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Click any book cover to enjoy the video on YouTube.