Bio: Jessica Young grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The same things make her happy now as when she was a kid: dancing, painting, music, digging in the dirt, picnics, reading, and writing. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. When she was little, she wanted to be a tap-dancing flight attendant/veterinarian, but she’s changed her mind!

Jessica’s award-winning debut picture book, MY BLUE IS HAPPY (2013, Candlewick Press/Walker UK) is a 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title and was included on the 2014 Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, the Texas Library Association’s 2014 2×2 Reading List, the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets 2013, the Toronto Public Library’s 2013 First & Best Booklist, and the Library of Congress/Center for the Book’s 52 Great Reads list. Her next picture book, SPY GUY, will be published in Spring 2015 by Harcourt Children’s Books. Her chapter book series, FINLEY FLOWERS, will be published in Spring/Fall 2015 by Capstone Young Readers. Her early chapter book series, HAGGIS AND TANK UNLEASHED will be published in Spring 2016 by Scholastic Branches.

Represented by the amazing Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.


I grew up on the Norimg210th Shore of Lake Superior. It was a wee bit chilly but really beautiful.

Somehow I made it through high school, college, and a Master’s degree without realizing how much I loved writing. It wasn’t until I had my first child and wrote a picture book for him that it occurred to me I might want to be an author.

I’m currently an elementary/middle school art teacher, but I’ve also worked as a:

  • tree planter
  • art therapist
  • museum outreach coordinator
  • lifeguard
  • homeless shelter art and music group leader
  • flower arranger in a bouquet factory
  • wilderness program canoe trip guide, and
  • (absolutely terrible) waitress
The same things make me happy now as when I was a tot:
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