The Author

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Cedar’s debut picture book, FIRE FLIGHT: A Wildfire Escape, illustrated by Chiara Fedele, launches on January 2, 2024 from Capstone Editions. It explores an owl’s real-life flight out of a California wildfire and right into a surprise that made headlines around the world.

Her second picture book, WHAT MARCEL FOUND: The Incredible Discovery of the Lascaux Cave Art, illustrated by David Litchfield, is about the brave kids who made an astounding discovery that forever changed our view of humanity, and will be published by Beach Lane Books at Simon & Schuster in Summer 2026.

When Cedar isn’t writing, she works as a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) facilitator. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and lives with her family in Massachusetts.

Cedar reading her poetry aloud at age 12.

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Cedar is passionate about poetry, humor, art, and making new discoveries. As a child, she couldn’t wait to write children’s books, and began writing poems in second grade. Her first job, at 16, was selling children’s books at Once Upon a Time Books and Toys in Rochester, NY, and her spare time was spent at poetry readings.

After studying culture and education in college and graduate school, she participated for years in writing classes and critique groups before selling her picture books, and now writes daily. She advocates for marginalized voices, as well as parks and urban green spaces. Her happiest place is in the woods with her family.

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Cedar Pruitt is a writer and editor who has many children’s books to share. She is represented by literary agent Mary Cummings of Great River Literary.

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