John Micklos, Jr. is an award-winning education journalist and the author of more than 35 books for children and young adult readers. Poetry picture books which he has compiled include Daddy Poems, Mommy Poems, Grandparent Poems, and No Boys Allowed: Poems About Brothers and Sisters, all published by Boyds Mills Press. Nonfiction books include a six-book series about the Revolutionary War for elementary students published by Enslow as well as high school-level biographies of Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Jennifer Hudson, Amelia Earhart, and Jerry Spinelli (all published by Enslow), an elementary-level biography of Alexander Graham Bell (published by HarperCollins/Time for Kids), and a middle-level biography of Leonard Nimoy (published by Dillon Press).
He has recently written numerous books for Capstone, including books about the Lewis & Clark expedition, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Challenger disaster, the Alamo, the Civil War, first encounters between explorers and American Indians, the Northeast and Southeast regions of the United States, the Pony Express, the Harlem Hellfighters, Navy SEALS, children at work around the world, the First Amendment, and the Fourth Amendment.
John also contributed to the top-selling National Geographic Kids book 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets. In 2015 he established the publishing imprint First State Press. Thus far, First State Press has published two titles: a picture book titled The Sound in the Basement, illustrated by Eric Hamilton, and a poetry book titled Beach Fun: Poems of Surf and Sand, illustrated with photos by award-winning photographer Lisa Goodman.
In September 2017, Penguin’s prestigious Nancy Paulsen Books imprint will publish John’s counting book, One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! Illustrated by Clive McFarland of Ireland, the book enables young children to count their way through the seasons as they watch leaves growing on and later falling off a tree. Glowing reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews praise the book’s bouncy rhymes and bold artwork.
John has done K-12 school visits in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, and Maine, speaking on topics ranging from poetry writing to crafting nonfiction to principles of journalism. In fall 2015 he served as the keynote speaker for Young Authors’ Day at Keystone College in Pennsylvania. He has spoken at the national conferences of the International Literacy Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as state conferences in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Visit the Presentation or Contact page to find out how to bring John to your school or conference.