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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: in California


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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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 *Teacher�s Choice Award, Learning Magazine *Book of the Year, Izaack Walton League *Book Sense Children�s 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