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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jennifer Ward  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in California


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Illinois Connection

Ward moved to Edwardsville when she was nine years old. She still calls Edwardsville her home today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jennifer Ward is a naturalist and the author of numerous children’s books, all of which present nature to kids. Her books have been featured in magazines such as ''Ranger Rick'', ''Your Big Backyard'', ''Learning'', and ''ForeWord'', and she has been interviewed and featured on national television and local radio. A former elementary educator, Ward is a regular speaker at conferences and schools across the country, where she instills the importance of literacy and the wonders waiting to be discovered in the natural world.


Published Works

    Books for Children:
  • Somewhere in the Ocean, Cooper Square Publishing, 2000 - written with TJ Marsh
  • Way Out in the Desert, Cooper Square Publishing, 2002 - written with TJ Marsh
  • Over in the Garden, Cooper Square Publishing, 2002
  • The Seed & the Giant Saguaro, Cooper Square Publishing, 2003
  • Forest Bright, Forest Night, Dawn Publications, 2005
  • Because You Are My Baby, Cooper Square Publishing, 2007
  • Way Up in the Arctic, Cooper Square Publishing, 2007
  • There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea, Cooper Square Publishing, 2007
  • The Busy Tree, Two Lions, 2009
  • There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog, Two Lions, 2010
  • There Was an Odd Princess Who Swallowed a Pea, Two Lions, 2011
  • There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish, Two Lions, 2012
  • What Will Hatch?, Bloomsbury, 2013
  • The Sunhat, Rio Chico, 2013
  • Mama Built a Little Nest, Beach Lane Books, 2014
  • There Was an Old Martian Who Swallowed the Moon, Two Lions, 2015
  • There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider, Two Lions, 2015
  • What Will Hatch, Bloomsbury, 2016
  • What Will Grow, Bloomsbury, 2017
  • Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear, Beach Lane Books, 2017Books for Adults:
  • I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature, Roost Books, 2008
  • Let's Go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature, Roost Books, 2009
  • It's a Jungle Out There!: 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids, Roost Books, 2011


Selected Titles At Your Library

Somewhere in the ocean /
ISBN: 0873587480. OCLC Number:

Rising Moon,. Flagstaff, Ariz. :. ©2000.

A counting book in rhyme presents various marine animals and their children, from a mother manatee and her little calf one to a mother octopus and her little babies ten. Numerals are hidden in each illustration.

Way out in the desert /
ISBN: 0873588029. OCLC Number:

Rising Moon,. Flagstaff, AZ :. ©1998.

A counting book in rhyme presents various desert animals and their children, from a mother horned toad and her little toadie one to a mom tarantula and her little spiders ten. Numerals are hidden in each illustration.

Over in the garden /
ISBN: 0873587936. OCLC Number:

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Over in the garden, mother insects and their children enjoy various activities from morning sun to evening moon.

The seed and the giant saguaro /
ISBN: 0873588452. OCLC Number:

Rising Moon,. Flagstaff, Ariz. :. 2003.

A packrat, carrying fruit from the giant saguaro, is chased by various desert animals and inadvertently helps spread the cactus's seed. Includes information on saguaros.

Forest bright, forest night /
ISBN: 1584690674. OCLC Number:

Dawn Publications,. Nevada City, CA :. ©2005.

Rhyming text contrasts the lives of animals that are active in daytime with nocturnal animals inhabiting the same forest.

Because you are my baby /
ISBN: 0873589114. OCLC Number:

Rising Moon,. Flagstaff, Ariz. :. ©2007.

Rhyming text explores the ways different animals care for their offspring, from roadrunners to skunks to humans.

Way up in the Arctic /
ISBN: 0873589289. OCLC Number:

Rising Moon,. Flagstaff, Ariz. :. 2007.

A counting book in rhyme presents various Arctic animals and their offspring, from a mother caribou and her "little calf one" to a mother Arctic fox and her "little cubs ten." Includes related facts.

There was a coyote who swallowed a flea /
ISBN: 0873588983. OCLC Number:

Rising Moon,. Flagstaff, Ariz. :. ©2007.

Set in the desert southwest, this variation on the traditional, cumulative rhyme looks at the consequences of a coyote's strange diet.

The busy tree /
ISBN: 0761455507. OCLC Number:

Marshall Cavendish Children,. New York :. ©2009.

Many different types of wildlife live in and around a tree that is their home, from chipmunks and woodpeckers to ants and spiders.

There was an old monkey who swallowed a frog /
ISBN: 0761455809. OCLC Number:

Marshall Cavendish Children,. New York :. ©2010.

Set in the jungle, this variation on the traditional, cumulative rhyme looks at the consequences of a monkey's strange diet.

There was an odd princess who swallowed a pea /
ISBN: 0761458220. OCLC Number:

Marshall Cavendish Children,. Tarrytown, NY :. ©2011.

Set in a castle, this variation on the traditional, cumulative rhyme looks at the consequences of a princess's strange diet.

There was an old pirate who swallowed a fish /
ISBN: 0761461965. OCLC Number:

Amazon Children's Pub.,. Las Vegas :. ©2012.

This variation on the traditional, cumulative rhyme looks at the consequences of a pirate's strange diet.

What will hatch? /
ISBN: 080272311X. OCLC Number:

Walker Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2013.

Eggs come in many different shapes and sizes, but the most important question to young, curious minds is what will hatch? Science for the very young is done best through joyous learning; education will certainly hatch from these pages.

The sunhat /
ISBN: 1933855789. OCLC Number:

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Rosa has a wonderful hat that fits her just right, but when the wind blows it away the hat shelters a wide variety of desert creatures from a storm.

Mama built a little nest /
ISBN: 1442421169. OCLC Number:

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Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds' nests, from the scrapes falcons build on high, craggy ledges to the underground nests burrowing owls dig. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.

There was an old Martian who swallowed the moon /
ISBN: 1477826289. OCLC Number:

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Join the old Martian as he swallows the moon, a comet, a rover, and more! Then he blasts off in his spaceship and he eats his way through the galaxy. But what happens when the Martian gets to the sun?

There was an old mummy who swallowed a spider /
ISBN: 1477826378. OCLC Number:

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"As the old mummy makes his way across the graveyard and through the haunted castle, he swallows all kinds of creepy things. From a rat to witch's brew, and a crow to a spooky ghost, this mummy keeps swallowing and swallowing ... until finally there's a knock on the door. Trick or treat! Jennifer Ward's fun text and Steve Gray's zany artwork add a spooky Halloween twist to this adaptation of the popular song"--Jacket.

I love dirt! :
ISBN: 1590305353. OCLC Number:

Trumpeter,. Boston :. ©2008.

Packed with activities to help kids discover the wonders of nature, this collection offers alternatives to electronic games and gets kids and parents outside. Each activity presents a project meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination, and heighten a sense of wonder.

Let's go outside! :
ISBN: 1590306988. OCLC Number:

Trumpeter ;. Boston :. ©2009.

Provides suggestions and instructions for outdoor games and activities for preteens, including canoeing, biking, and camping.

It's a jungle out there! :
ISBN: 1590309081. OCLC Number:

Trumpeter ;. Boston :. 2011.

Offers 52 nature-focused explorations, adventures, observations, and games that can help parents and children (ages 4 to 8) connect to nature while living in the city.

What will hatch? /
ISBN: 1619639432. OCLC Number:

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Eggs come in many different shapes and sizes, but the most important question to young, curious minds is what will hatch? Science for the very young is done best through joyous learning; education will certainly hatch from these pages.

What will grow? /
ISBN: 1681190303. OCLC Number:

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"Seeds can be big or small, round or pointy, and all sorts of colors. They can become flowers, trees, fruits, or vegetables, and they grow all times of year, during spring, summer, fall, and winter. But all seeds have one thing in common--inside each is a new plant life waiting to emerge. What kind of plant will bloom? Wait and see what will grow! This jacketed companion picture book to What Will Hatch? features all kinds of seeds, from flowers and trees to fruits and vegetables. Along with lyrical text and beautiful illustrations, the book includes four pull-out gate-folds and fascinating back matter about plants!"--

Feathers and hair :
ISBN: 1481430815. OCLC Number:

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Explores through illustrations and descriptive, rhyming text the feathers, fur, skin and hair of different animals and what they reveal about the science behind each animal's physique.


Awards

Somewhere in the Ocean

  • Parents' Choice Award Winner
  • Way Out in the Desert

  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Honor
  • Over in the Garden

  • Scholastic Book Club
  • Governor's First Grade Book Pick, New Jersey
  • The Seed and the Giant Saguaro

  • Governor Janet Napolitano's First Grade Book Pick, Arizona
  • Southwest Book of the Year, Pima County Library
  • Forest Bright, Forest Night

  • Book Award for Best Nonfiction Picture Book, Giverny, 2009
  • Teachers Choice Award, Learning Magazine
  • Book of the Year, Izaack Walton League
  • Book Sense Childrens Pick, American Book Association
  • There was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea

  • Reader's Award Winner, Grand Canyon
  • Book Award Finalist, New Mexico
  • Wyoming Reads Book Award
  • Book of the Year, Pima Public Libraries Southwest
  • The Busy Tree

  • 2 x 2 List, Texas
  • Growing Young Readers Book Award
  • Mama Built a Little Nest

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Notable Book for Children, ALSC, 2015
  • Best Children's Book, Parents Magazine, 2014
  • Best Informational Book for Younger Readers, Chicago Public Library, 2014
  • "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing," New York Public Library, 2014
  • Book Award Winner, Colorado
  • Bluegrass Award Master List, Kentucky
  • Red Clover Award Honor Book, Vermont
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016
  • Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear

  • Silver Honors Winner, Parents Choice
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)