Gwendolyn Hooks

Gwendolyn Hooks is the author of many books for children including Porpoises in Peril and The Pet Club Stories series. She also has a non-fiction science series about food webs. Hooks has written for a South Korean publisher and an English publisher. Some of her books have been translated into Spanish and one is in French.

She taught seventh grade math until the day she realized she wanted to write for children. She says, “It’s a super cool job!” She writes in her home office. But for inspiration, Hooks walks in her neighborhood park. She hopes a squirrel will drop an acorn on her head that will explode into a new book idea. If that doesn’t work, she explores the amazing museums in Oklahoma.

Hall of Fame Inductee

Gwendolyn Hooks
was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in

Recent Publications


Leona Mitchell: Opera Star, I Am Oklahoma Children's Series

Leona Mitchell was a regular girl from Enid, Oklahoma, who began singing in the church choir at the age of 4. She was teased by her brothers for her singing, but she always believed she was a good singer. By the age of 14, she was directing the choir.