Jon Scieszka

By: Sarah Altman, Krista Constantine, and Alisha Sommeling

About Jon

Jon Scieszka was born in Flint, Michigan and was the second oldest out of six boys. Jon attended Culver Military Academy where he became a lieutenant. After graduating Jon Scieszka thought about being a doctor, so he studied Science and English at Albion College. After he graduated he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he attended Columbia University and graduated with his MFA in Fiction. Upon finishing his education, Jon became an assistant 1st grade teacher, then promoted to a 2nd grade teacher, taught 3rd and 4th grade math, 5th grade history, and to top it all off some 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes. His experience in the classroom made him remember how intelligent all children were and that they would be a great audience for his interesting, quirky, and imaginative books, and from this Jon Scieszka blossomed not only into an author, but also the country's first National Ambassador for Children's Literature.

Implications for Instruction

Jon Scieszka is extremely involved in the education world; traveling to schools, libraries, and conferences to speak about his committment to engage children in reading, which makes him an excellent role model for students to study. Additionally, he writes books for many different ages and reading levels, allowing his work to be studied by students of several different grade levels. Scieszka's fun and quirky writing style engages students and keeps them interested in reading. Many of his books include parodies of classic children's stories, which will interest students and give opportunities for projects about comparing and contrasting literature, as well as evaluating different points of view. Scieszka also writes books incorporating aspects of history, science, and math.
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