Edward Packard was born in Huntington, New York, in 1931 and is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School. He conceived of the idea and wrote what became the prototype book for Bantam's classic Choose Your Own Adventure series and wrote many other books in the series and conceived of the idea and wrote the prototype for three other interactive series, Space Hawks and Escape, both published by Bantam, and Earth Inspectors, published by McGraw Hill, and a detective series, E.S.P. McGee, published by Avon. The six books in his Space Hawks series, dealing with Earth's defense against space aliens, were published in China in 2004 in conjunction with that country's first manned space mission.
Packard’s nonfiction book about the size and scale of space and time, titled Imagining the Universe, published by Perigee Books in 1994, was cited by National Public Radio as one of the best science books of the year and won a Scientific American Young Readers Book Award. His educational math book, Big Numbers, published by Millbrook in 2000, was cited by Newsweek as one of the best children's books of the year.
In June, 2010, Simon & Schuster, inc., in conjunction with Expanded Apps, Inc., began publishing U-Ventures –– books from the classic Choose Your Own Adventure series, written, adapted, revised, and expanded by Packard for downloading from the App Store at iTunes. Simon & Schuster published three U-Ventures titles in print form.
Packard's self-published book, All It Takes –- The Three Keys to Making Wise Decisions and Not Making Stupid Ones, was released in 2011 and a second edition in 2014. His self-published novel, Notes from the Afterlife, was released in 2013, and a picture book, The Good and Bad Dragon, in 2014. He is presently writing a memoir of growing up in the 1930s and 1940s.