Thankful Reads with Author Jessica Lee Anderson November 3, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorized – Tags: , , , , , , , ,

November is known for bringing out love and generosity in people and making them think about things they’re thankful for. It made us at CBAY think about that, too, so throughout the month of November we’re going to do a blog series called Thankful Reads. Each post we’ll highlight a CBAY author or employee and they’ll tell us about a book they’re particularly thankful for. First up in this series is author Jessica Lee Anderson!


Jessica writes, “I’m super grateful for all of Judy Blume‘s books, especially Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. That book title seemed to describe me exactly when I was in 4th grade as I was getting used to living in Texas having recently moved from Hawaii. I giggled my way through the story time and time again. I even got a pet turtle named Dribble. Fortunately, my turtle had a much happier ending and got to live in a pond. Judy Blume’s tales filled a special part of my childhood, and she motivated me to read more and more.”

Jessica Lee Anderson is the author of UNCERTAIN SUMMER, TRUDY (winner of the 2005 Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature), BORDER CROSSING, and CALLI. She’s published a dozen chapter books, two nonfiction readers, as well as fiction and nonfiction for a variety of magazines including Highlights for Children. Jessica graduated from Hollins University with a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature, and she instructed at the Institute of Children’s Literature and St. Edward’s University. She is a member of The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels and hopes to be more sweetheart than scoundrel. She lives near Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, and two crazy dogs.


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