Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (born January 4, 1933) is an American author best known for her children and young adult fiction books. Naylor is best known for her children's-novel trilogy Shiloh (a 1992 Newbery Medal winner), Shiloh Season and Saving Shiloh, all made into movies. She is also known for her "Alice" book series; The Grand Escape, the short story collection The Galloping Goat and Other Stories; The Witch Saga; and a series of books, starting War]], about boys and girls pulling pranks on each other.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana. She grew up during the Great Depression. Her parents read stories to her when she was younger. She began writing her own stories when she was in elementary school. She wrote short stories and articles before attempting to write a novel.
When she was 16 years old, a Sunday school teacher asked her to write a story for the church magazine. Her first story called Mike’s Hero, was accepted and was published. She received $ 4.67 for her story. When she was 18 years old, she got married. After graduating from community college, she and her then husband went to Chicago. She worked as a clinical secretary in a university hospital during that time. She also worked as a elementary school teacher and editor for a magazine.
Naylor returned to American University and tried to obtained a Bachelor of arts degree in clinical psychology. Before going to graduate school, she decided to become a full-time author.
In 1960, she married Rex Naylor. Her first children's book called The Galloping Goat and Other Stories was published in 1965.