Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Jane Yolen


Jane Yolen Jane Yolen has authored over 400 books and stories and poems, which have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, three World Fantasy Awards, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, two Golden Kite Awards, the Jewish Book Award and the Massachusetts Center for the Book award.

She has also won the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Grand Master Award, and the Science Fiction Poetry Associations Grand Master Award (the three together she calls the Trifecta). Plus she has won both the Association of Jewish Libraries Award and the Catholic Libraries Medal. Also the DuGrummond Medal and the Kerlan Award, and the Ann Izard story-telling award at least three times.

Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates for her body of work, so–she jokingly says–you could call her Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Yolen though she can’t set a leg. However, she does warn about winning too many awards as one of them set her good coat on fire. If you meet her, you can ask about that!


WIK 2020 BREAKOUT: Success Stories – life as a writer, a fireside chat (with Heidi Stemple)


Picture Book INTENSIVE (With Heidi E. Y. Stemple)

Picture Book 101:

Morning: Jane and Heidi talk about the basics of creating a picture book, from beginning to end. How to elevate your picture book manuscript by looking at the nuts and bolts of the form itself.

Afternoon: How to Make Your Picture Book More Poetic:
What is the difference between a poem and a poetic picture book? Can you make your poem into a picture book? And, how do you make your ordinary text more poetic, lyrical, and ready to stand out.