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About Jory

Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author of books for both children and adults. He is a two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient.

Jory's work includes the New York Times bestselling novel The Terrible Two, the award-winning Goodnight Already! series and the national bestseller All my friends are dead. His most recent picture books are Giraffe Problems (illustrated by Lane Smith), The Bad Seed (illustrated by Pete Oswald), and Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? (illustrated by Liz Climo). His forthcoming picture books include All Right Already! (illustrated by Benji Davies), The Good Egg (the companion to The Bad Seed), and That’s What Dinosaurs Do! (the latter two books also illustrated by Pete Oswald).

Jory’s books have won numerous state book awards, most recently 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 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.

Jory has written for the New York Times, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed and Flavorpill, among many other publications. His projects have also been featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and Reader’s Digest. He also collaborates on a regular illustrated column for McSweeney’s.

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.


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