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.
Jennifer 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 (Junior Library Guild Selection, Chicago Public Library’s Best Children’s Book); the bestselling middle grade novel, Small as an Elephant about twelve-year old Jack who’s been abandoned in a National Park (International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choice, Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner); the young adult novel Stained in which seventeen-year-old Jocelyn searches for one boy while holding fast to her love for another (ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Book, New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age) and her newest launch: Paper Things — a nuanced story about homeless siblings (Best of Summer Pick by Hudson Booksellers, Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year). 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.