Jon Scieszka

Author Study

A Little About Jon

  • Rhymes with Fresca
  • Born in Flint, Michigan in 1954
  • 1 of 6 Brothers
  • Studied Pre-Medicine at Albion College in Michigan
  • Wanted to become a writer instead of a doctor, moved to New York and received a Master's in Fiction Writing from Columbia University
  • Taught elementary school for 10 years, stopped teaching to pursue his writing career
  • Lives in New York with his wife, has a son, a daughter, and a cat
  • In 2002 Jon Started Guys Read- a web-based literacy program for boys whose mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers
  • In 2008 Scieszka was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Librarian of Congress

Influences to become an Author

  • Reading many goofy books
  • First knew he wanted to become a writer when his mother read him Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham
  • Enjoyed creating his own ending to common fairytales such as Cinderella as a child
  • Being an elementary school teacher for ten year
  • "If I read the beginning of the Phantom Tollbooth or The Hoboken Chicken Emergency or just part of George & Martha, they would say, "Oh, we've got to find out what happens next, we want to read some more of these!" That really inspired me. I took off a year from teaching to try to write stuff."

Book Talks!

Where his ideas for books come from

  • Being a father
  • Being an elementary school teacher
  • Staring out the window
  • Walking around Brooklyn
  • Having five brothers
  • Staring out the window some more
  • Writing down what he thought about while staring out the window

Jon Scieszka - Exclusive Video Interview