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About Jory

Jory John is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient.

Jory's work includes the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, The Good Egg, and the #2 New York Times bestselling picture book, The Bad Seed, both illustrated by Pete Oswald. He is also the author of the popular picture books, Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems, both illustrated by Lane Smith, the award-winning Goodnight Already! series, illustrated by Benji Davies, the New York Times bestselling Terrible Two series, the recent picture books Quit Calling Me a Monster! and Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? and the international bestseller, All my friends are dead, among many other books for both children and adults.

Jory's forthcoming books, in 2019 and early 2020, include That's What Dinosaurs Do!, Lois & Lewis, and Probably a Unicorn.

Jory's books have won numerous state book awards, most recently the Oregon Spirit Book Award, the Hawaii’s Children’s Choice Book Award (the Nēnē), the North Carolina Children's Book Award, the Florida Sunshine State Reading Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award of Vermont, the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award, the Volunteer State Book Award of Tennessee, the North Dakota Library Association Flicker Tale Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, the Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Prize, and his work was shortlisted for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. His books were also twice-nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in England and won the ALA Reluctant Young Readers Award.

In addition to the books mentioned here, Jory has written for the New York Times, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and BuzzFeed, among many other publications. His work has also been featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Reader's Digest, and more.

For more than six years, Jory worked as the programs director at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco's Mission District, founded by Dave Eggers. In that time, he conceptualized and edited, Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama, which was featured on the radio program, This American Life.

Find Jory on Twitter @IamJoryJohn