Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen lives in Massachusetts and has written more than 300 books across all genres and age ranges. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Three—Ferdinand, The Thirteenth Clock, Little Women

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“And it was still hot.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

James Thurber, Isak Dinesen, and Emily Dickinson

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I thought all adults were writers since both my parents wrote and all their friends did as well.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Learn to be an observer. Believe in yourself. Then write.