Conrad J. Storad is the award-winning author of more than 40 science and nature books for children and young readers. He grew up in Barberton, Ohio, but has lived and worked in Arizona since 1982. Many of Storad's books reflect his love of the Sonoran Desert and his fascination with the region's rugged animals and plants.
During his long career as a science writer, editor, and author, Storad has won hundreds of regional, national, and international awards for his writing and editing. His newest books include Arizona Way Out West & Wacky and Arizona Way Out West & Witty - fun history and activity books written for young readers, which he co-authored with Linda Exley. In 2012, the Arizona State Library honored AZ Witty with the "One Book Arizona for Kids" award. In November 2011, USA Book News named Storad's Rattlesnake Rules as "Best Children's Non-Fiction Picture Book" for 2011. The National Federation of Press Women honored his Mars as "Best Children's Non-Fiction Book for 2011". In 2006, Storad's Don't Call Me Pig! (A Javelina Story) was selected by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as part of her program to promote reading. More than 93,000 Arizona first-graders received a special-edition copy. In 2001, Libraries Limited and the Arizona Library Association honored him with the Judy Goddard Award as "Arizona Children's Author of the Year."
Storad earned a degree in mass media communication from the University of Akron in 1979, and a master's degree in mass communication/science journalism from ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 1983. In 2000, he was inducted into the Cronkite School's Journalism Hall of Fame. He and his wife Laurie live in Tempe, Arizona with Sophia, their miniature black and tan double dapple dachshund. Together, they enjoy exploring the wilds of the Southwestern deserts and mountains.