Shelley Rotner was born in 1951 in New York City. After high school, she attended Syracuse University a private research university in Syracuse, New York and later did postgraduate study at Columbia University and Bank Street College of Education in New York City, a graduate-only teacher training college.
Ms. Rotner is the author and photo-illustrator of over thirty books, including the Hello Seasons! series with books on spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
She has also published books about diversity, such as Shades of People, and books on gender, different types of families, friendships, and adoption.
Shelley also has books on numerous other subjects, such as nature, our bodies, farming, nutrition, and how we get our food.
Her children's books have been chosen as ALA Notable Books, and she received a Bank Street Best Books of the Year award.
Previously she was an elementary school teacher and worked at a museum as an educational specialist.
Currently, in addition to writing children’s books, Shelley is also a noted photographer and photojournalist. Her photographic work has been published in Time Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic’s World Magazine, Outside Magazine, Boston Globe Travel, Food and Wine Magazine, and the online travel site Gonomad.com.