Jenny Sue is a national award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. Her books include Same, Same but Different (2011) for which she won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award and New Author Honor, the South Asian Book Award, and the Children’s Literacy Center Award; and My Travelin’ Eye (2008), which won the Zia Book Award. Her newest book, Luna and Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest, is due out May 12, 2015 with Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books.

All the while she was a student at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Illustration Academy, and during her 6 years illustrating greeting cards at Hallmark, Jenny Sue dreamed of making picture books. She finally left her florescent-lit corporate cubicle to volunteer with kids in Nepal and have new adventures. Upon returning to the U.S., she moved to New Mexico to lead a simpler life close to nature and pursue book making. In addition to creating books for kids, she is a freelance illustrator, creating art for toy and gift products, and designing wall décor for Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids.

Students often ask what she would be if she wasn’t an artist. Her answer: either a puppeteer, a children’s librarian, or a photo-art journalist for National Geographic. When she isn’t making children’s books, Jenny Sue loves to bake+cook, dig in the dirt, wander in the mountains, build fairy houses, and dance. She also paints, grows food and flowers, and homeschools with her children Tulsi Lu and Narayan Blue, Oso-the-wonder-dog, and her husband Patrick, at their mountain homestead near Taos. While she loves the rural life and chasing her chickens around, Jenny Sue is a world traveler at heart, and is presently scheming with her husband to get a camper van to travel south …as far as possible…