Jennifer Richard Jacobson is an award-winning writer, teacher, educational consultant, and speaker. She writes in many genres from children’s fiction to adult nonfiction.
Jacobson’s work for children and young adults includes 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 about homeless siblings (Best of Summer Pick by Hudson Booksellers, Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year).
On the educational front, Jacobson is the author of No More “I’m Done!” Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades, a frequent PLC selection for teachers at all grade levels. A graduate of Lesley College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Jacobson has taught preschool through sixth grade and has served as Curriculum Coordinator, Head of Studies, and Language Arts Specialist in several schools. She is praised for her high energy, practical strategies, and educational wisdom while presenting and modeling exemplary teaching practices.