John Coy

John Coy is the author of the picture books Strong to the Hoop, Around the World, Hoop Genius, and Game Changer. He partnered with photographer Wing Young Huie to create the titles Dad and Their Great Gift which was named a NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. He lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Day Daddy Stayed Home

What’s your favorite line from a book?

Go, Dog. Go!

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

That’s way too difficult. It’s like asking for my favorite breath of air.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I wanted to write the types of books I would have liked to read.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Three things: read, read, read.