Jeanne Walker Harvey
Ever since she was a child, Jeanne dreamed of being a children’s book author. Now, as an award-winning author, she’s living her dream. But along the way Jeanne has had many jobs, ranging from working as a roller coaster ride operator to an attorney for high-tech companies and a middle school teacher of Language Arts and writing workshops. She studied literature and psychology at Stanford University, and volunteered for many years at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as a school group docent, her town’s library Board of Trustees, the local public school library, and county literacy program.
Jeanne lives north of San Francisco in Sonoma, California. When she previously lived in Sausalito, she often watched the boats on the Bay. Speaking of: her most recent picture book, Boats on the Bay was recently read aloud by California governor’s First Partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom:
Stay tuned for Jeanne’s two upcoming picture books … Dressing Up The Stars (fall 2021), about the iconic costume designer, Edith Head, for Beach Lane Books, illustrated by Diana Toledano, and Ablaze with Color (winter 2022), about the American painter, Alma Thomas, for for HarperCollins, illustrated by Loveis Wise.
Jeanne's other narrative nonfiction picture books include two about American artists: Maya Lin - Architect Of Light And Lines: Designer Of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and My Hands Sing The Blues - Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey … and two about rescued marine mammals: Honey Girl – The Hawaiian Monk Seal and Astro The Steller Sea Lion.
When not writing, Jeanne can be found enjoying time with family and friends, dancing in Zumba class, gardening and growing flowers, hiking, visiting modern art museums, exploring new places, and eating chocolate in all forms.