Maya Gottfried’s books for children Good Dog (Knopf), and Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary (Knopf) both lovingly celebrate the individual personalities and unique spirits of animals through poetry.
In addition to her children’s books, she has written various essays, blogs, and articles that have appeared in outlets ranging from People online to Lilith magazine. Her essay “Untitled,” published in the anthology Half / Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes (Soft Skull Press), was consistently picked as a favorite of the collection by reviewers. The NY Observer wrote of her "Untitled" reading at Makor in New York City, "I can't wait to see what she writes next for adults. Because everything she had said was real, precise and full of meaning."
Gottfried's first book was honored with a Parents’ Choice 2003 Recommended Award and she received the Pennsylvania School Librarians Young Reader’s Choice Award for Good Dog. Additionally, Good Dog was a Texas Blue Bonnet Award nominee. Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary was selected as the official children’s companion to Jonathan Safran Foer’s New York Times bestseller Eating Animals for Fairfield, CT’s month-long "One Book, One Town" program. Our Farm also received a great deal of media attention, including coverage in Kirkus, Colleen Patrick Goudreau's "Food for Thought" podcast, New York Daily News, Our Hen House, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Girlie Girl Army, and Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Maya lives in upstate NY with her partner, Dietrich and their rescue cats, Bunny, and Gandalf. She moved back to the area after falling in love with it two decades before as a student at Bard College.
Drawing by Gabrielle Bell of Maya's reading at the Hudson Valley Winter Book Fair 2015