About John

photo of author John Micklos Jr.Author, Editor, Consultant

John Micklos, Jr. is an award-winning education journalist and the author of more than 50 books for children and young adult readers. His books include picture books, poetry books, and nonfiction titles spanning a wide range of topics and age ranges.

Poetry picture books include Daddy Poems, Mommy Poems, Grandparent Poems, and No Boys Allowed: Poems About Brothers and Sisters, all published by Boyds Mills Press.

In September 2017, Penguin’s prestigious Nancy Paulsen Books imprint published 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. The book was included as a selection in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for 2018.

In terms of nonfiction, John contributed to the best-selling National Geographic Kids book 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets. Other nonfiction books include a six-book series about the Revolutionary War for elementary students as well as high school-level biographies of Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Jennifer Hudson, Amelia Earhart, and Jerry Spinelli (all published by Enslow), and an elementary-level biography of Alexander Graham Bell (published by HarperCollins/Time for Kids).

He has written numerous books for Capstone, including books about the Lewis & Clark expedition, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Challenger disaster, the Alamo, the Civil War,the Harlem Hellfighters, Navy SEALS, the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and many others.

In 2015 John 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.

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.

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