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Jabari Asim

<b>Jabari Asim</b> ( is the author of several adult and children's books, including<i> Fifty Cents and a Dream</i>--an NAACP Image Award Nominee, CCBC Choice, <i> School Library Journal</i> Editor's Choice, and<i> Kirkus</i> Best Book. He is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston and executive editor of<i> The Crisis</i>, the magazine of the NAACP. He recently was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Jack Cheng

Jack Cheng was born in Shanghai, raised in Michigan, and lived in Brooklyn for a decade before settling in Detroit. See You in the Cosmos is his first novel for children.

Jack E. Levin

Jack E. Levin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Malice Toward None; George Washington: The Crossing; Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Illustrated; and most recently, Proverbs for Young People. He has been an author, artist, and small businessman. He lives in Florida with his wife of sixty years, Norma.

Jack Gantos

<b>Jack Gantos</b> has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include <i>Hole in My Life</i>, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, <i>Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key</i>, a National Book Award Finalist, and <i>Joey Pigza Loses Control</i>, a Newbery Honor book. Jack was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and when he was seven, his family moved to Barbados. He attended British schools, where there was much emphasis on reading and writing, and teachers made learning a lot of fun. When the family moved to south Florida, he found his new classmates uninterested in their studies, and his teachers spent most of their time disciplining students. Jack retreated to an abandoned bookmobile (three flat tires and empty of books) parked out behind the sandy ball field, and read for most of the day. The seeds for Jack's writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister's diary and decided he could write better than she could. He begged his mother for a diary and began to collect anecdotes he overheard at school, mostly from standing outside the teachers' lounge and listening to their lunchtime conversations. Later, he incorporated many of these anecdotes into stories. While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. After a series of well-deserved rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in 1976. It was a success and the beginning of Jack's career as a professional writer. Jack continued to write children's books and began to teach courses in children's book writing and children's literature. He developed the master's degree program in children's book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children's book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jackie French

Jackie French is a highly esteemed writer for children and adults with more than 100 books to her credit. She lives in Australia with her family and usually one or more wombats. Her web site is

Jackie French Koller

Jackie French Koller has been a storyteller since the sixth grade, when she amused her friends by spinning tales on the playground. She has also edited a children’s newspaper, taught writing in public schools, and studied art. Ms. Koller lives in Groton, Massachusetts, with her husband.

Jackie Urbanovic

Jackie Urbanovic is the creator of many popular picture books, including the <i>New York Times</i> bestsellers <i>Duck at the Door</i> and <i>Duck Soup, </i>which she also wrote, and <i>No Sleep for the Sheep</i> by Karen Beaumont. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and shares her studio with two playful dogs and one lovable cat, all rescue animals. <b></b>

Jackie Yeager

<b>Jackie Yeager</b> is an author whose stories inspire children to think more, work hard, and dream big. She holds a master's degree in education and spent several years coaching Odyssey of the Mind, where her team competed at the World Finals. She lives in Rochester, New York.

Jack Keely

<b>Jack Keely</b> is an illustrator whose works include <i>Dressing Up</i>, <i>Animal Friends</i>, <i>Ickstory</i>, and <i>Grossology</i>.

Jack Kent

Jack Kent (March 10, 1920-October 18, 1985) was an American cartoonist and prolific author-illustrator of forty children's books. He is perhaps best known as the creator of the comic strip, <i>King Aroo</i>. In addition to his own books, he has also illustrated many books by other authors.

Jack London

Jack Griffith London was a California-based writer in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He is most well known stories are the classics *The Call of the Wild* and *White Fang*.