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Stephen Cosgrove, born July 26, 1945, is a children's author and toy designer. He is known for the Serendipity series of children's books, which formed the basis for 26-episode anime series Serendipity the Pink Dragon.
Stephen Cosgrove was born in Metaline Falls, Washington and raised in Kennewick, Washington, then Burley and Boise, Idaho. He attended Borah High School in Boise, Idaho. Growing up, Cosgrove was greatly influenced by Aesop’s Fables.
In 1973, Cosgrove teamed with illustrator Robin James, and wrote his first four books which began the Serendipity Series: “Serendipity”, “Wheedle on the Needle”, “The Dream Tree”, and “The Muffin Muncher”. His goal in writing these books was to create interesting, fun, affordable books that contained a moral in each story.
The next year, a large New York publishing company offered Stephen a contract, but he refused and continued on in his search for a publisher. Three months later, Cosgrove established his own publishing company, Serendipity Press, where he was the author, publisher, shipping clerk, and janitor.
In 1978, after selling over 3 million books, Cosgrove merged Serendipity Press with Penguin/Putnam and began focusing on multi-media literature for children.
In 1990, Cosgrove and Wendy Edelson were awarded the Silver Jubilee Honor by Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) for Ira Woodworthy.
In 2002, Cosgrove created websites Web-pop, Bookpop, and ChattyHattie where children can read stories online with colorful and interactive illustrations. Two years later, in 2004, he created the website BuggBooks, where children can have stories read to them by the author.
Currently, Stephen Cosgrove has written around 325 books, ranging from picture books for younger children to young adult novels.