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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jarrett Dapier  

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Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Dapier is a teen services librarian at Skokie Public Library. He lives in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jarrett Dapier is a children's book author, librarian, and lifelong drummer. He is the recipient of the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom from the American Library Association for his research into the censorship of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis in the Chicago Public Schools.


Mr. Watson's Chickens , Starred Reviews - BookPage, and Publishers Weekly; Best Book of 2021 - NPR; One of the Best Ten Picture Books 0f 2021 BookPage.

Jazz for Lunch! , Starred Review - Kirkus

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Jazz for Lunch!
ISBN: 153445408X. OCLC Number: 1150834835

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. .

After lunch at a very crowded jazz cafe, a boy and his Auntie Nina are inspired to create a feast of their own with such treats as Thelonious Monk Fish and Nat King Cole Slaw.

Mr. Watson's Chickens
ISBN: 1452177147. OCLC Number: 1233024628

Chronicle Books . .

Mr. Watson loves his three chickens, and every morning he and Mr. Nelson count them; but when they start to multiply, his house and tiny yard are soon overrun, and the noise and mess are driving Mr. Nelson crazy--so the couple set out to find a new home for the chickens.