JENNIFER THERMES is a children’s book author, illustrator, and map illustrator. Her recent nonfiction picture books include CHARLES DARWIN’S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE and GRANDMA GATEWOOD HIKES THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. She has also created maps for books such as Thornghost, The Emperor’s Ostrich, and The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. Her latest book, MANHATTAN: MAPPING THE STORY OF AN ISLAND (Abrams, 2019) has received five starred reviews, is a 2020 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Jennifer weaves maps that give a sense of geography and place into her stories. She is fascinated by the big picture of history and how it connects to our lives today.

In her free time Jennifer likes to walk, garden, read, draw, and figure out where to put her ever-growing piles of books. She lives with her family in a quirky antique farmhouse in Connecticut.

You can find her on Twitter (@jenthermes) and Instagram (@jenniferthermes).


– MANHATTAN is included in the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year List for 2020
– MANHATTAN has been named a 2020 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book
– MANHATTAN: MAPPING THE STORY OF AN ISLAND has received ★five starred reviews★ –from Kirkus, Booklist,
Publishers WeeklySchool Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness
– MANHATTAN: MAPPING THE STORY OF AN ISLAND is a Junior Library Guild Selection

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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, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Holiday House, Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books,
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Islandport Press, Random House Children’s Books, Sleeping Bear Press