Siobhán Parkinson was born in 1954 in Dublin but grew up in Galway and Donegal.
Her books for children include The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn’t (O’Brien, 1993, reprinted 2003); Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (Maybe) (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 1998), which won a Bisto Merit Award; Sisters… No Way! (O’Brien Press, 1998), which won the Bisto Book of the Year Award); The Moon King (O’Brien Press, 1999), which won the Bisto Merit Award and was awarded Certificate of Honour for Writing by IBBY in 2000; Breaking the Wishbone (O’Brien Press, 1999); The Love Bean (O’Brien Press, 2002); Kathleen: The Celtic Knot (with Troy Howell, Middleton, Wis., Pleasant Co., 2003); Second Fiddle: How to Tell a Blackbird From a Sausage (New Milford, Conn., Roaring Brook Press, 2007); Something Invisible (Roaring Brook Press/London, Puffin, 2006), which won a Bisto Honour Award 2006; Amelia (O’Brien Press, 1993); No Peace for Amelia (O’Brien Press, 1994); Call of the Whales (O’Brien Press, 2000, reprinted, 2001, 2003); Cows Are Vegetarians (O’Brien, 2001); Animals Don’t Have Ghosts (O’Brien, 2002); Blue Like Friday (Puffin, 2007/Roaring Brook Press, 2008); The Henny Penny Tree (O’Brien, 2008); and Dialann Sár-Rúnda Amy Ní Chonchúir (Baile Átha Cliath, Cois Life, 2008), for which she won an Oireachtas award.
Her novels for adults include The Thirteenth Room (Belfast, Blackstaff Press, 2003); and Painted Ladies Dublin, New Island, 2010).
Her other books include All Shining in the Spring: The Story of a Baby Who Died (O’Brien Press, 1995) – a non-fiction book, intended for children and families dealing with the death of a young child.
She has translated The Great Rabbit Revenge Plan by Burkhard Spinnen (Dublin Little Island 2010); and Over the Wall by Renate Ahrens (Little Island, 2010).
In 2010 Parkinson was conferred by then President of Ireland Mary McAleese as the first ever Laureate na nÓ
She is Commissioning Editor and publisher with Little Island
Laureate na nÓg
Siobhán Parkinson at The National Library of Ireland