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 2020/21 school year, please check out the "Author Visits" section.


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?     

Turn off Your Silly Phone!


The Kids Have Their Say!

The places that you've shown me,

Are all I've ever known.

 But now I'd like to see much more,

Turn off your silly phone!

Laugh-out-loud rhymes and delightful illustrations show how children really feel when parents and caregivers spend too much time on their phones!

Available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound!


Click the arrows to scroll through our Featured Books

Last Book

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

Next Book



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 2020/2021 author visit?



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.


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.




I've been very fortunate to work with a terrific group of illustrators.

If you want to contact them, please visit their websites listed.

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.

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Steve is an award-winning author of over 70 books for children.  He is available to visit your school and share his love of children's literature. 

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