About Me

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The Serious Version

Jess Redman is a therapist and award-winning author of books for young readers. Her first book, THE MIRACULOUS, was a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2019, an Amazon Best Book of 2019, and was called "layered, engaging, and emotionally true" in a Kirkus starred review. Her second book, QUINTESSENCE, was a Charlotte Huck Honor Book, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2020, and was described as “a fanciful adventure with a rich emotional core and a fairy tale” by Publishers Weekly. Her newest book, THE ADVENTURE IS NOW, is "a Roald-Dahl-esque delight" according to the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Redman lives in Florida with her husband, two young children, and an old cat named SoulPie.

The Not So Serious Version

At age six, Jess Redman published a poem in a local anthology. The first line was, “I read and read and read all day.” She knew then, reading her printed words in a real book, that she wanted to be an author when she grew up.

 

She spent the next couple of decades doing things like surviving middle school, traveling around the world, becoming a therapist, and having two kids. She wrote the whole time.

 

Then one day, she realized that she was probably an official grown up and it was time to try to get some more of her words printed in real books.

 

So far, she has three middle-grade books out: THE MIRACULOUS, QUINTESSENCE, and THE ADVENTURE IS NOW. And soon, she'll have a picture book out too—SEASON OF LIGHT with illustrator Ramona Kaulitzki!

 

She still reads and reads and reads all day.

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The poem that started it all...

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