Miriam Peskowitz, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of The Daring Book for Girls. Published by HarperCollins, Daring graced the New York Times list for 14 weeks, pulled the #1 spot on IndieSense, and was translated globally, managing to be most controversial in Australia. It was the 14th-highest best-selling book of 2007. Daring was followed by two pocket versions. Things to Do and Wisdom & Wonder, and by the full-length sequel The Double-Daring Book for Girls. There were Daring board games and calendars and toys; a video game; a spot in both Martha Stewart’s Winter Holiday basket and the 2008 Oscars. There was a Daring Book for Girls Burger King Happy Meal promotion, and Daring Kids, a single-episode PBS show that Miriam also wrote the script for. The Daring Book is currently under option to be developed for TV.
Miriam Peskowitz holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. with honors from Duke University and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, where after dropping out of the conservatory at the end of sophomore year, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Having decided to learn to code in her mid-50s, she is perennially two weeks away from finishing her Full stack Web Developer and Software Engineering program at the Flatiron School in New York. She was also a cello student at Juilliard Pre-college and a little known fact about her is that in the early 1980’s, her string quintet won the Nassau County Teen Talent award, the same summer that she graduated from Hicksville High. Now you know where she grew up: she’s a Long Island girl made good. Miriam was an Associate Professor of Religion and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida. She gave up her tenure there in 1998, and later taught at Emory and Temple Universities.
Miriam worked for the LEGO company to create the first story bible for LEGO Friends; this ranks as her best job ever. It was also her entry into code, as after, she was invited by Michelle Obama’s staff to stop by the White House for some conversations about girls, STEM, tech, media and the like. From these meetings came the first glimmer of a book that would welcome girls and beginners of any age or gender into the world of code. That book is Code Like a Girl: Rad Tech Projects and Practical Tips, published in August 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books.
Miriam Peskowitz has written at least three other books: The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars, Spinning Fantasies, and Judaism Since Gender, and numerous articles and blog posts. Her books have been reviewed widely and internationally. When not collecting new sets of knowledge and performing the alchemy of creating non-fiction books, she walks her dog, parents her two daughters, now 13 and 20, tinkers in the backyard garden and stays up late with code.