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Emily Jenkins

Author of picture book and middle grade series

  • About Emily Jenkins

    Two-time Boston Globe Horn Book Award Honor winning author, Emily Jenkins is a classroom and kid favorite for her picture books and middle grade novels. Her books for grades 3-6 include the Toys Go Out series and the Upside-Down Magic Series, (co-written with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski). Her picture books include A Greyhound, A Groundhog, Lemonade in Winter, Princessland, and Water in the Park. She also writes novels for young adults under the name E. Lockhart. Her newest book, Brave Red, Smart Frog, will be released in September 2017.

    Jenkins speaks to elementary school audiences about creative collaboration and storytelling techniques. For teachers and librarians, she lectures on the creative writing process, growing a family of readers, and approaches to teaching fiction writing in the classroom. Her humor makes her a popular choice for both children and educators.

    Jenkins has a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University and teaches at Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

    Many of Jenkins’ picture books creatively explore topics including history, science, and math. Water in the Park is about water usage and the times of the day in a Brooklyn neighborhood park. Lemonade in Winter is about money and entrepreneurship. Toys Meet Snow is about the science and magic of a snowfall, and connects with the popular Toys novels. On school visits, Jenkins talks to her youngest audiences about being active readers and observers of the world around them.

  • Speaking Topics

    Elementary Presentations

    Jenkins presents to groups of 2nd-5th graders on storytelling techniques, revision, and methods of creating strong characters, as connected to her books for middle-grade readers. She also does presentations for nursery-2nd grade on her picture books, with a focus on becoming “noticers” — both as readers and as potential writers.

    Telling Stories with Science, History and Math

    In a talk for educators and librarians, Jenkins chronicles her career as an “inadvertent” writer of picture books for young elementary readers on science, history and math-related topics. The lecture includes slides with art by Sophie Blackall, Tomek Bogacki, G. Brian Karas, Paul O. Zelinsky and more.

    Sparking Creativity in Students

    In a talk for educators and librarians, Jenkins discusses the storytelling techniques she shares with students in her school visits, and the reasons she believes in them. She elaborates on her approach to teaching creative writing—emphasizing plot and emotion.

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  • Praise for Emily Jenkins


    A third grade boy told me today that your visit was ‘the best day yet in the entire school year!’ And this is from a boy who is not easily pleased…Not a book of yours is on our shelf—they are all checked out, with waiting lists.

    Librarian, Park Road Elementary School

    Today, I met with several classes you spoke to yesterday. They all talked about your “seed” imagery, “strong feeling” and “throwing the stick” requirements for a good story. You do a fabulous presentation that stays with the kids.

    Librarian, Hunter College Elementary School

    Praise for Toys Meet Snow

    Jenkins’s masterful text is deceptively simple.


    Once again Ms. Jenkins and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky have created a funny and tender adventure for Lumphy the stuffed buffalo, StingRay the dry-clean-only plush stingray, and Plastic, the red rubber ball… Mr. Zelinsky’s digitally rendered pictures have a lovely, happy feeling and perfectly capture the rosy beauty of snow on a late winter afternoon.

    The Wall Street Journal
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