Author Spotlight — Jane Yolen


We’re finishing out the second-to-last week of our Summer Library Program (SLP) for children, teens, and adults.  We’ve loved the “Dig into Reading” theme and have had lots of fun with burrowing animals, rocks, trucks and diggers, archaeology and paleontology, gardening, and dinosaurs!

Some of our favorite dinosaur books come from Jane Yolen, a prolific children’s book author.  The classic bedtime story, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? is one we all like to use, but the others, including How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?, and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? are great for story time as well.

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Born to be a writer, Ms. Yolen was an editor and originally wrote poetry and journalism pieces, and it wasn’t until her 22nd birthday that she sold her first picture book and became a children’s author.  Since then, she’s gone on to write over 300 books of all different types.  Although she doesn’t illustrate her own stories, she’s been paired up with great artists such as Mark Teague, Bruce Degen, John Schoenherr, and David Shannon.  She has also worked with her own children; Jason Stemple, has taken photographs to accompany many of her poetry anthologies, Adam Stemple has written and arranged music for some books, and Heidi E.Y. Stemple has helped to write several others.

In addition to the dinosaur series of picture books, Ms. Yolen also has authored other picture books like Owl Moon (the  1988 Caldecott award winner), Dimity Duck, and Off We Go!, several poetry collections, some fiction chapter books, and a number of other non-fiction titles.  For a complete list of books by Jane Yolen, visit our catalog.

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