Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen


2/11/1939, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Jane Hyatt Yolen


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Jane was born in New York, and lived in various cities around the United States during her childhood. She always did well in school, and attended Smith College, where she began writing. Taking up work as an editor after college, she wrote part time. Her first book sale…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2006, Pay The Piper (2005), co-authored by Jane and her son Adam, won the LOCUS Award in the "Best Novel, Young Adult" category.

    • In 2006, illustrator Ruth Sanderson used Jane Yolen as a model for Mother Goose to be pictured in an illustrated collection.

    • In 1987, Jane won the World Fantasy Award for her book Favorite Folk Tales from Around The World. This book did not easily fall into any particular category, but the World Fantasy Award has a category for that: "Special Award for a person or a piece that does not fall easily into a catagory."

    • Jane has won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award three times: in 1985 for "Best Adult Novel" for Cards of Grief; in 1993 for "Best Adult Novel" for Briar Rose; and in 1998 for "Best Children's Novels" for The Young Merlin Trilogy.

    • Jane has been nominated for a Nebula award five times, and won twice: in 1997, she won "Best Short Story" for Sister Emily's Lightship, and in 1998, she won for "Best Novelette" for Lost Girls. She was also nominated for "Best Novella" in 1988 for The Devil's Arithmetic; in 1990 for "Best Novel" for Sister Light, Sister Dark; and in 1991 for "Best Novel" for White Jenna.

    • Jane Yolen received the Caldecott Medal in 1988 for her book Owl Moon (illustrated by John Schoenherr). The Caldecott Medal is awarded by the American Library Association for "Most Distinguished Picture Book". Her 1968 book, The Emperor and the Kite (illustrated by Ed Young) was nominated for the Caldecott Medal and received the notation of "Honor Book."

    • In 2003, Smith College, Jane's alma mater, awarded her an honorary Doctorate degree.

    • The New York Times has called Jane Yolen "a modern equivalent of Aesop."

    • In 1980, Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts awarded Jane Yolen an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

    • Jane has been on the Board of Directors for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for more than 25 years.

    • Jane is a past president of the Science Fiction Writers of America.

    • Jane and her husband, David, have three children: Heidi, born July 1, 1966; Adam, born April 30, 1968; and Jason, born May 21, 1970.

    • On September 2, 1962, Jane married her first and only husband, David W. Stemple.

    • Jane graduated from Smith College with an M.A. in 1960.

    • While attending Smith College, Jane was president of the Press Board, won numerous poetry awards, a journalism award, she also penned the lyrics to her class musical, and starred in her senior class show.

    • While in grade school, Jane attended a summer camp in Vermont run by The Society Of Friends (the Quakers); years later, she joined the Society.

    • As a teenager, Jane studied both piano and ballet.

    • Newsweek calls Jane Yolen "America's Hans Christian Andersen."

  • Quotes

    • Jane Yolen: I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told.

    • Stig14 USER EDITOR

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