I was raised a Navy Brat and moved every two or three years when I was growing up. Now I live in one place and travel to lots of other places. I started writing poems in college, got a M.A. in History, performed in a modern dance company, traveled the world, got married, had two sons, and when I... show more
I was raised a Navy Brat and moved every two or three years when I was growing up. Now I live in one place and travel to lots of other places. I started writing poems in college, got a M.A. in History, performed in a modern dance company, traveled the world, got married, had two sons, and when I started telling my boys, Aaron and Sean, stories I realized that I could write for children. My first two books came out in the same week, in 1992, THIRTEEN MOONS ON TURTLE'S BACK and THE LION WHO HAD ASTHMA, soon followed by FROGGY GETS DRESSED. These books are still in print. FROGGY GETS DRESSED was the first of over twenty-eight Froggy books. The most recent one is FROGGY GOES TO THE LIBRARY. The next one will be FROGGY GOES TO GRANDMA'S (due April 4, 2017). My Froggy books are silly and little kids like them. But I also write other kinds of books, including wildlife books. My first wildlife book was THE EYES OF GRAY WOLF. Most recent one is HIPPOS ARE HUGE! In March 2016, OTTERS LOVE TO PLAY will come out. I've also written two middle grade novels: DESOLATION CANYON, and it's sequel, BELLA BELLA (just out, February 2016), both illustrated by my son, Sean London, who is an animator. The third novel in this series will be GRIZZLY PEAK, due February 7 2017 (also illustrated by Sean London). Sean London has also illustrated my picture book, PUP THE SEA OTTER, due April 4, 2017. Plus a new picture book series, DUCK AND HIPPO, will start on February 14, 2017: DUCK AND HIPPO IN THE RAINSTORM. I've published over 100 books since 1992, but now I only write poems for myself. My sons and my wife, Maureen, are my constant inspirations. But I'm also inspired by young children, dogs, mountains, rivers, stars, trees, great cities, deserts, jungles, great food, dance, art, some sports, and the moon. And if anybody asks, Froggy c'est moi--but he's also Aaron and Sean, and every kid I've ever met. Flop flop flop!For more information, see my website at www.jonathan-london.net.