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Jones, Elizabeth Orton

In her 1945 Caldecott Medal acceptance speech for Prayer for a Child (she won the Caldecott Honor a year earlier for Small Rain: Verses for the Bible), Elizabeth Orton Jones speaks about how she does not consider herself an artist: “The very word ‘artist,’ to me, carries with it a little vision of the state […]


Jones, Diana Wynne

I first read a book by Diana Wynne Jones in 1976. It was Cart and Cwidder and I was determined to find everything else she had written. But she was an English writer and she had only written four other books at that point, so her books were not easy to find. I waited, not patiently. […]


Johnson, Crockett

Crockett Johnson was born David Johnson Leisk on October 20, 1906, in New York City. Crockett was a childhood nickname and so he chose it for a pen name. He studied art at Cooper Union and New York University. Like Barnaby and Harold, his most famous characters, Johnson was bald. “I draw people without hair […]


Jarrell, Randall

Born on May 6, 1914, Randall Jarrell grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. After earning his BA and MA degrees from Vanderbilt University, he taught at Kenyon College, the University of Texas, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1964, Mr. Jarrell was struggling with writer’s block. His friend and editor, Michael di Capua, […]


Jacques, Brian

For thousands of children born since 1986, reading means the Brian Jacques’ Redwall series. Whether they were first hooked on books by the exploits of Matthias, Cluny, Martin the Warrior, and Jacques’ many memorable characters, or by the action and adventure, his stories created many readers for life. With 22 books in 29 languages having sold […]


Jansson, Tove

On August 9, 1914, Tove Jansson was born in Helsinki. She was the oldest daughter of Signe Hammarsten Jansson, an artist, and Viktor Jansson, a sculptor. Tove was born in a middle-class family and experienced both security and adventure. At an early age, Tove began to study art and illustrating. Before long she turned to […]