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Joanne Rocklin, Ph.D. has written over 20 books for children, encompassing several genres. She has a doctorate in psychology and is a former elementary school teacher, presently writing children's books full-time. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Joanne lived in Los Angeles for many decades. She now resides in Oakland, California with her husband Gerry, one cat and one golden retriever. When not writing she enjoys babysitting regularly for her four grandchildren, singing in a choir, gardening, baking artisan breads and reading voraciously.


Joanne was a participant as a Writer-in-Residence in the University of Southern California Writing Project, a collaborative university-school program to improve student writing and the teaching of writing in the classroom. For several years she taught a popular class in writing children's books at UCLA Extension. She gives presentations in schools and libraries and has been a speaker for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the California Reading Association, and other organizations. She has also led writing workshops for young people at the Jewish Community Library in Los Angeles.


Joanne says, *As soon as I learned to hold a pencil I began writing poems, stories, and diaries. I loved reading my own stories and library books to my two younger sisters. I have always lived within walking distance of a library. I love to read and write, but I also love to talk, especially about writing! Examine your world closely. Ideas are all around you, even though they seem to arrive out of nowhere! Everything and everyone is unique enough to write about because no one else is seeing things through your eyes, or feeling with your heart.*

Joanne's books have earned her a number of honors. One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street won the 2011 California Book Award Gold Medal, the 2012 Northern California Independent Booksellers Book of the Year and the 2012 Beatty Award. The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook won the 2013 Golden Kite Award for Fiction, the 2012 Focal Award, a Parents' Choice Book Award and so far it has received nominations for 4 state awards.