JENNIFER THERMES is an award-winning children’s book author-illustrator and map illustrator. Her nonfiction picture book The Indestructible Tom Crean recently received the Bank Street College of Education’s 2024 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award in the Younger Reader category and is an ALSC Notable Children’s Book. Both Tom Crean and her book A Place Called America were named to the Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2023 list. She also creates black & white maps for middle-grade and young adult novels including the bestselling Vanderbeekers series.

Jennifer is fascinated by big-picture ideas that span history, adventure, and the natural world, and weaves maps throughout her stories to explore new places and visualize how the past connects to our lives today. She grew up in Port Washington, New York, and lives in New Hampshire.

To learn more please visit Twitter (@jenthermes) and Instagram (@jenniferthermes).


THE INDESTRUCTIBLE TOM CREAN: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic ~ Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education 2024 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award – Younger Reader Category
MANHATTAN: Mapping the Story of an Island ~ 2020 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book
GRANDMA GATEWOOD HIKES THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL ~ 2020 Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award Honor Book

–*NEW!* Watch a StoryMakers episode about MANHATTAN on KidLit TV
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Miss Marple’s MusingsIllustrator Interview

Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating BlogIllustrator Saturday
Sub It ClubThe May Postcard Post and a follow-up

The Little Crooked CottageMr. Pig visits… Jennifer Thermes!


Abrams Books for Young Readers, Albert Whitman & Company, Clarion Books, Crown Books for Young Readers,
Dial Books for Young Readers, Greenwillow Books, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Holiday House, Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books,
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Islandport Press, Viking Children’s Books, Random House Children’s Books, Sleeping Bear Press