Jessie Oliveros

Jessie Oliveros grew up watching Kansas sunsets, and she’ll always have wild sunflowers and gold-tipped corn fields in her heart. She spent her college-life climbing mountains in Utah and striving for higher vistas. After a fulfilling career as a registered nurse, Jessie hung up her stethoscope to grow children and stories. These days you can find her in the Texas hill country with her husband and their four kids.

Most Recent Book
The Remember Balloons book


"About" from the Simon and Schuster Fall 2018 Catalog


Do you have a favorite children’s book?

My favorite childhood book will forever be The Secret Garden.

How do your children influence your work?

I have four children, and they provide endless inspiration.

Who is your favorite person to test story ideas out on?

My kids!

If you weren't a children's book author/illustrator, what would you do?

I went to nursing school and worked as an RN for six years before turning to writing. I'd probably be back at the hospital!

How did you come to the realization that you wanted to write/illustrate children's books professionally?

As a child I loved to read, so writing for children seemed like a natural turn when I decided to pursue authorship.

When is your favorite time to work?

Early in the morning or late at night when my kids are asleep!

Outside of writing/illustrating, what activities do you enjoy?

playing the piano, reading (of course), and spending time with my kids

picture Books

The Remember Balloons book
dementia and Alzheimer's · sharing · grandpa · family · death
The Remember Balloons


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