George Shannon

ONE FAMILY (Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers)
HANDS SAY LOVE (Little, Brown)
TURKEY TOT (Holiday House)

(Co-agent: Mary Cummings)

One FamilyGeorge Shannon began his professional work with children in 1973 as a children’s librarian and professional storyteller.  His first children’s book, LIZARD’S SONG, was accepted by Greenwillow in 1979. Since then he has had more than 40 books published, including 30 picture books (among them DANCE AWAY, CLIMBING KANSAS MOUNTAINS, WHITE IS FOR BLUEBERRY, and THE SECRET CHICKEN CLUB). TIPPY-TOE CHICK, GO! was selected as a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book for picture book writing in 2003.  2008 brought both the Washington State Book Award and the Worzalla/Burr Award for RABBIT’S GIFT. Even though it doesn’t mention Halloween, A VERY WITCHY SPELLING BEE appeared on The Huffington Post’s “Best Kids’ Halloween Books of 2013.” WHO PUT THE COOKIES IN THE COOKIE JAR (2013) was short-listed for the Panda Book Awards (Younger Readers Section) 2014-2015 by the Panda Steering Committee, which consists of students at English-based international schools in China. HANDS SAY LOVE received an “Honorable Mention” in the “Best About Family” category of The Huffington Post’s “Best Picture Books of 2014.” Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?

George returned to part-time library work four years ago at The Island School in Puget Sound. He continues to write and work with children around the world on their own creative writing.  Conferences, workshops, and author visits have taken him to schools from the Arctic Circle to Jakarta, and Kuwait to Japan.




Read George Shannon's blog about writing picture books here.