Jane Sutton

Jane Sutton grew up in Rosyln, New York, where she began writing stories and poems at a young age. Jane is also a writing tutor and teaches a community education class for adults about how to write for kids. She, her husband, and her grown children live in the Boston area.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Horton Hatches an Egg by Dr. Seuss

What’s your favorite line from a book?

From George and Martha by James Marshall: “How do you expect to walk home with your loafers full of split pea soup?” she asked George.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

James Marshall, Arnold Lobel, Virginia Lee Burton

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have always enjoyed writing. In elementary school, I would turn an assignment to “write a paragraph using all the spelling words” into a three-act play. An essay I wrote in fifth grade is entitled “A Criticism of Humanity on Behalf of the Ducks.” In college (Brandeis University), a sociology professor assigned us to “do something you always wanted to do and keep a journal on it.” I wrote a series of children’s stories, and that’s when I knew I wanted to write children’s books.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Write, write, write. Keep a notebook with you at all times (well, maybe not in the shower) because you never know when you’ll get an idea for a story.