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Author Bio:

Jennifer, a graduate of Lesley College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the author of over a dozen books for children and young adults including the early-reader series Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle in which shy, reticent Andy joins forces with an overly-exuberant friend ; the bestselling middle grade novel, Small as an Elephant about twelve-year old Jack who’s been abandoned in a National Park; the young adult novel Stained in which seventeen-year-old Jocelyn searches for one boy while holding fast to her love for another and Paper Things — a nuanced story about homeless siblings.  

Most of her books are Scholastic Book Club selections and she has won many awards including:

  • Junior Library Guild Selections
  • Chicago Public Library Best Children’s Book
  • IRA Young Adult’s Choice Award
  • Parents Choice Gold Award
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Books
  • New York Public Library Best Book for Teen Age
  • Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • ILA Social Justice Award

Her newest books are The Dollar Kids (coming out in 2018) and a picture book titled This is MY Room (No Tigers Allowed). Jennifer, a three-time winner of the Lupine Award for Young Readers, lives in Maine with her husband and dog, and when not writing provides trainings in Writer’s Workshop for teachers.


Teaching Bio:

Jennifer Richard Jacobson, a literacy specialist, is the author of No More “I’m Done!” Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades and over a dozen award-winning books for children Including Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Chicago Public Library’s Best Children’s Book, and the bestselling middle grade novel Small as an Elephant, which won a Parent’s Choice Gold award.

Jennifer believes that all writers (including young children) learn by exploration, risk-taking, and feedback that celebrates success (rather than just focusing on what’s missing). She encourages teachers to develop writing programs that include authentic purpose, genuine audience, and joy.

A graduate of Lesley College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Jennifer has taught preschool through sixth grade and has served as Curriculum Coordinator, Head of Studies, and Language Arts Specialist in several schools. As a continuing author-in-residence and educational consultant, she has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators to help students reach their highest potential. Her own development as a writer of children’s fiction and nonfiction, and her expertise in the area of children’s literature, provide her with an intimate understanding of the complex processes of learning to read and write. She is praised for her high energy, practical strategies, and educational wisdom while presenting (and modeling) exemplary teaching practices.