Friday, October 22, 2010

Spotlight Author: Jane Yolen

Born on February, 11, 1939 in New York City, Jane Yolen is the author of over 300 books, including children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, picture books, novels...if you can name it, she's probably written it. Some of her most popular children's work includes Own Moon and the How Do Dinosaurs series. (A favorite in our home!) She sold her first book, Pirates in Petticoats, on her 22nd birthday and hasn't stopped since!

She is also the winner of a multitude of awards including the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others.

Mrs. Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century and she has been given six honorary doctorates in literature.

Mrs. Yolen married her husband, David W. Stemple, in 1962, and was married for 44 years before losing her husband to cancer in March, 2006. They have three children (Heidi, Adam, and Jason) and six grandchildren. Currently, Mrs. Yolen lives in Western Massachusetts, though she also has a home in Scotland where she spends about a third of her year.

You can find more information on her books and awards by visiting her web site at

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