Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning children’s book author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. For Jane’s thoughts on writing for children, read her interview in Cynsations, the acclaimed children’s and YA literature blog by New York Times best selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio.
Her first book, NIGHT WONDERS (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2005) is a mixed genre work, blending poetry and prose, non-fiction and adventure to win the 2006 International Reading Association Children’s Book Award for Primary Nonfiction. “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics,” wrote Laura Kraft of the renown W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The School Library Journal described it this way, “Riding a beam of light in her imagination, Peddicord travels a long, long way, past stars and glowing nebulae, into intergalactic space…Readers will be more than willing to tag along.”
Her next book, THAT SPECIAL LITTLE BABY (Harcourt 2007), illustrated by Meilo So, also incorporates lively rhyming stanzas, this time to celebrate toddler achievements of cosmic proportions from walking and talking, to wearing big kid pants, and…well, you’ll see. “Sure to be a much-demanded, ‘Read-it-again’ picture book…” predicted the School Library Journal. Kirkus Reviews seconded, saying, “Peddicord creates a heartfelt story commemorating the wonderful development that occurs between infancy and early childhood. This joyful testimony to a child’s progression is bound to appeal to a preschooler’s sense of pride in their recent gains…”
Jane has been a featured author at the Texas Book Festival, as well as at schools, public libraries, and universities, and is an author participant in the Texas Writer’s League Project WISE school enrichment program. “Jane did a wonderful job…We were thrilled to be able to have her visit our campus!” reported McBee Elementary School librarian Heather Stephens, after a recent visit.
In addition to authoring SpaceBlog, Jane is currently writing a new book about space exploration in our solar system, provisionally titled, Within Our Reach. She volunteers with American Gateways, providing pro bono legal services to immigrants and refugees in Central Texas, and serves on the board of the Texas After Violence Project, an oral history initiative that works to reduce violence by listening.
Jane lives happily in Austin, Texas with her husband (a UT math professor), their two children (in between University terms and internships), and their three springer spaniels.