Jane Yolen turns 74 today! She was born in New York City on February 11, 1939. She says her writing began at an early age. In elementary school she wrote the music and lyrics for a school musical about vegetables, where she played a carrot and all the characters ended up in a salad for the grand finale!
Jane Yolen has three children-two sons and a daughter, Heidi, who is the little girl in Owl Moon. In this same book, the character Pa was based on Yolen’s late husband David.
Pirates and Petticoats was Jane Yolen’s first book. She got it published when she was only 21 years old! She has written over 300 books for children, teens, and adults. Aside from being an author, she is also a poet and a children’s book reviewer. To find out more about Jane and her books, check out her website www.janeyolen.com.