About Me

WHO I WAS!

  • A Chicago kid – from Highland Park, to be exact
  • The youngest of six
  • My Nonna’s pal – she lived with us!
  • A bike rider
  • A reader – comic books, dictionaries, cereal boxes … and books, of course
  • A library and bookstore maniac
  • A fort builder
  • A club organizer
  • A lawn mower
  • An ice skater – we had an outdoor rink, each winter, right across the street
  • A Lake Michigan life guard
  • A nerd – I once asked for a thesaurus for my birthday
  • An artist
  • A friend – to both real and imaginary kids
  • A poet
  • A dreamer

WHO I PRETENDED TO BE

  • An Olympic figure skater
  • A milkman
  • A teacher
  • A mom
  • An astronaut
  • A rock-and-roll star
  • An explorer
  • A spy
  • A mad scientist

WHO I AM TODAY

  • A mom
  • A grandma
  • A wife
  • An aunt
  • A friend
  • A Colorado girl
  • A bike rider
  • A mountain climber
  • A skier
  • A volunteer at soup kitchens and other places where two hands and a willing spirit are needed
  • A three-time winner of the Colorado Book Award! Yippee!
  • A library and bookstore maniac
  • A reader
  • A writer
  • A poet
  • A dreamer
  • A kid at heart
FOR FANCIER BIOS AND OTHER COOL STUFF, PLEASE SEE MY MEDIA KIT.

I LOVE VISITING WITH READERS AND WRITERS OF ALL AGES.

I’m available for high-energy, interactive presentations, workshops, school visits and storytimes customized to meet your needs. I’m a frequent presenter at national and local literacy, writing and education conferences, bookstores, libraries and schools across the country – in person and virtually.

For information on school and library visits and classroom resources, please see my SCHOOLS/LIBRARIES page.

To inquire about other programs, availability and rates please contact me.

Jean supports equity and inclusivity in the world of books and beyond. She is not available for any book events that discriminate against marginalized or underrepresented people, either on the page or off.

Upcoming Appearances

All materials © 2021 Jean Reidy. Author website by Websy Daisy. Shelly the Turtle designed by Genevieve Leloup.
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