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Cover of Knowing the Name of a Bird by Jane Yolen

Knowing the Name of a Bird

Creative Editions; Illustrated edition (August 18, 2020) Illustrated by Jori van der Linde ISBN-10: 1568463499 ISBN-13: 978-1568463490 This began as an interesting quote I read in a birding magazine, moved on to a poem (I write a poem a day and send them out to over 1,000 subscribers) and at last-with some additions and fiddling– …

Cover of When Nana Dances by Jane Yolen and Maddison Stemple-Piatt

When Nana Dances

Magination Press (November 2, 2021) with Maddison Stemple-Piatt Illustrated by Priscilla Burris ISBN-10: 143383684X ISBN-13: 978-1433836848 Written with my ten year old granddaughter, Maddison Stemple-Piatt, and sold ten plus years later. (She is now in law school!) And the publishing company who bought it–Magination Press–hadn’t been running yet in its current form. Both Maddison and …

Cover of How Do DInosaurs Say Goodbye by Jane Yolen

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodbye

Scholastic Press (September 28, 2021) Illustrated by Mark Teague ISBN-10: 1338363352 ISBN-13: 978-1338363357 Originally written when my editor Bonnie Verberg (who started the Dino-sty as I call it) was let go by Scholastic. It was to be the last book in a multi-million copy world-wide series of picture books. My granddaughter Maddison, then age 24 …

Cover of Eeny Up Above by Jane Yolen

Eeny Up Above

Crocodile Books (November 2, 2021) Illustrated by Kathryn Brown ISBN-10: 1623718651 ISBN-13: 978-1623718657 After the first book came out–Eeny Meeny Miney Mole from HAacourt, the company itself changed hands. Editors (including mine) left, and no one wanted the second book. But years later, (20 Years maybe?) it has found a new home. The two books …

Cover of Rum Pum Pum by Jane Yolen

Rum Pum Pum

So, David L. Harrison was posting on his personal web page about how when his son (now in his 60s I believe) was a boy, David had always promised to write him a story about a lonely tiger, but never did. And so I wrote back (also on David’s site) the beginning of the story set in India and after we had this open to the public several pages going on, I said: “Think it’s time to take this offline and really go for it.”

Bear Outside

Bear Outside turned out to be my first ever book with the famed editor Neal Porter and my (accidentally) 400th book. It has an interesting backstory. About five years before I wrote and sold A BEAR OUTSIDE, I had been helping one of my editors find an illustrator for a different bear book of mine.

Cover of PLymouth Rocks! by Jane Yolen

Plymouth Rocks

So the phone rings. My Charlesbridge editor said, “I have a book idea for you.” (This happens, but rarely.)

I said…”Okay.”
“In two years it’s going to be the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock. Big celebrations and. . . ”
“It didn’t happen, you know,” I said, figuring she knew. She was a Harvard graduate after all.
“What didn’t happen?”

Cover of I am the Storm by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

I am the Storm

Daughter Heidi Stemple and I were telephoned by the editor of a new  early-reading  imprint  “Rises” for Penguin Random house. We knew her though had never actually done a book for her. Se told us about an idea and we ran with it, and it became this book…

Cover of On Eagle Cove by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Elizabeth Dulembs

On Eagle Cove

Once again, a rhymed book in the series about individual bird adventures around the USA.. A child and her mother spot a pair of eagles mating. They trek back several months later to see the eagle chicks in a huge nest. This is Elizabeth’s second book with me for Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, the first being CROW NOT CROW,

Cover of Miriam at the River by Jane Yolen

Miriam at the River

MIRIAM AT THE RIVER is based on the Biblical story of Moses’ sister, a seer in her own right, who saved her baby brother by putting him in a woven basket and sending it into the Nile River, where she watches over it until it is pulled out by the pharaoh’s daughter who raises him as a prince of Egypt.