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Jeanne Birdsall


Jeanne Birdsall

Jeanne Birdsall grew up in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, where she attended wonderful public schools. Jeanne had lots of great teachers, but her favorites were: Mrs. Corkhill, sixth grade, who encouraged her intellectual curiosity; Mr. Tremonte, eighth grade algebra, who taught Jeanne to love and respect math; and Miss Basehore, second and fourth year Latin, to whom Jeanne (and Mr. Penderwick) will be forever grateful.

Although she first decided to become a writer when she was ten years old, it took Jeanne until she was forty-one to get started. In the years in between, Jeanne had many strange jobs to support herself while working hard as a photographer --- the kind that makes art. Some of Jeanne's photographs are included in the permanent collections of museums, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Jeanne's home now is with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts. Their house is old and comfortable, full of unruly animals, and surrounded by gardens.

Jeanne Birdsall

Books by Jeanne Birdsall

Written by Jeanne Birdsall with illustrations by Harry Bliss - Children's 3-7, Fiction, Picture

Things to know about sheep: Sheep live outside. Sheep have wool. Sheep will not learn to ride a skateboard. Sheep will not climb a tree. Sheep will come into the house...but this will get you into trouble. Seventeen sheep plus one Gus means that life is never dull on the farm! A hilarious picture book from New York Times bestselling author of The Penderwicks Jeanne Birdsall and New York Times bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss about one child's outrageous school essay on his "pet" sheep.

by Jeanne Birdsall - Family, Fiction

Springtime is finally arriving on Gardam Street, and there are surprises in store for each member of the family. Some surprises are just wonderful, like neighbor Nick Geiger coming home from war. And some are ridiculous, like Batty’s new dog-walking business. Batty is saving up her dog-walking money for an extra-special surprise for her family, which she plans to present on her upcoming birthday. But when some unwelcome surprises make themselves known, the best-laid plans fall apart.

by Jeanne Birdsall - Children's, Fiction, Picture

LUCKY AND SQUASH are best friends and neighbors, but cannot play together because of a locked gate between them.  When they run away together, leaving a trail of clues behind them, their owners, Miss Violet and Mr. Bernard, will have to work together, and perhaps fall in love on the way, to find them.

by Jeanne Birdsall - Family Life

The Penderwick Girls are off to Maine with Aunt Claire, but Skye the oldest is let with directions from one of the others that leave her confused. It’s always a rollicking ride as the Penderwicks continue on their unforgettable adventures.