Jonell, Lynne

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Book Category: Childrens Fiction,Picture Books
Age Group: 4-12


Time Sight. Henry Holt, Spring 2019.

The Sign of the Cat. Square Fish; Reprint edition, 2016.

Wild Water Magic. Random House, 2014.

Grasshopper Magic. Random House, 2014.

Lawnmower Magic. Random House, Spring 2012.

Emmy & the Rats in the Belfry. Henry Holt, Summer 2011.

Hamster Magic. Random House, 2010.

The Secret of Zoom. Henry Holt, Fall 2009.

Emmy & the Home for Troubled Girls. Henry Holt, September 2008.

Emmy & the Incredible Shrinking Rat. Illustrated by Jonathan Bean. Henry Holt, August 2007.

Bravemole. Putnam, 2002.

When Mommy Was Mad. Putnam, 2002.

Mom Pie. Putnam, 2001.

Let’s Play Rough! Putnam, 2000.

It’s My Birthday, Too. Putnam, 1999.

I Need a Snake. Putnam, 1998

Mommy Go Away! Putnam, 1997.

Kids love to find out how books are written, how pictures are created, and the publishing process that puts those books on the shelf. As an author/illustrator, I make visuals and art a big part of my presentations on writing, and get the kids involved in a hands-on art lesson that has successfully worked for grades 1-8. I enjoy presenting to large assemblies as well as small groups, and also do a bookmaking week where children write, illustrate, and present to parents their own hardcover picture books.


Sign of the Cat: A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, a VOYA Best Fantasy Book of the Year, Judy Lopez Memorial Award 2016
Hamster Magic: Minnesota Book Award finalist, 2011
The Secret of Zoom: Starred Review, School Library Journal; a Junior Library Guild Selection; Best Books of 2009, School Library Journal
Emmy & the Home for Troubled Girls: A Smithsonian Notable Book; a Junior Library Guild Selection
Emmy & the Incredible Shrinking Rat: Starred reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist. Recommended, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Booklist Editors Choice. School Library Journal Best Books of 2007. Minnesota Book Award for Childrenʼs Literature.
Bravemole. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award.
It’s My Birthday, Too. A Booklist Editor’s Choice. IRA-CBC Children’s Choice List. Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year. Starred reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist, Sesame Street Parents.
I Need a Snake. Starred review, School Library Journal. Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal. Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year. Nominated for Minnesota Book Award.
Mommy Go Away! Starred reviews, Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. Top Ten Books of the Year, Horn Book. Top Ten Picture Books of the Year, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

A variety of presentations are available:

Negotiable, subject to change. Contact Lynne Jonell for latest information: