Author/Illustrator Spotlight : Jennifer Bryant

June 15, 2018

Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels and poems for readers of all ages. Her biography A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, received a Caldecott Honor. Their second collaboration, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, won an ALA Schneider Family Book Award, the NCTE Orbis Pictus award, and a Sibert Honor. The third Bryant/Sweet book, The Right Word: Peter Mark Roget and His Thesaurus, won the Sibert Medal and a Caldecott Honor. Jen’s novel in verse, Ringside 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial, is an Oprah Recommended Book for ages 12 and up. She lives with her family in Chester County, PA. When she’s not writing or taming the piles on her desk, Jen enjoys visiting museums, swimming, cycling, listening to music, and cheering wildly for the Phillies.

Miss Andrea met Jen Bryant at the Brandywine River Museum where Bryant’s work was featured from The Right WordWe love this interview where she credits Dr. Seuss, libraries and obituaries for her career.. Her nonfiction picture books are interesting and engaging with both the content and images she produces!

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