I was born in New York City, grew up in Cambridge, MA and Seattle, WA, studied English at Vassar, and then came to New York to get my doctorate in 19th-century English literature at Columbia. My dissertation was called "The Reading Public and the Illustrated Novel, 1890-1914," and a chapter of it can be found in the first issue of the journal Book History.
My father is playwright Len Jenkin,
and together, he and I wrote a novel for children called The
Secret Life of Billie's Uncle Myron (1996). Subsequently, my
first picture book, Five Creatures
was awarded the Charlotte Zolotow Honor and the Boston Globe/Horn Book
To enquire about school visits (nursery-5th grade) in the New York City area and further afield, email me or read about my fees and the kind of presentations I do. The biographical essay on this site talks about how I came to write books for children, and this interview at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast may be of interest.