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DC-area children’s literature professionals since 1945




Jeanne Walker Harvey

November 17, 2022

1:00 p.m.

Zoom Program

The next Children’s Book Guild Speaker Series Program will be held via Zoom on Thursday, November 17, at 1:00 p.m. EST.  Our speaker will be Jean Walker Harvey.

For Jeanne, it’s a dream come true to be a children's book author, and she’s especially honored to be able to share the lives of creative people with children!

Jeanne Walker Harvey studied literature and psychology at Stanford University and has worn many job hats, ranging from being a roller coaster ride operator to a software licensing attorney, a middle school language arts teacher, and a long-time docent for school groups at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

She is the author of several books for young readers, including the picture book biographies Dressing up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head,  Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas,  Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, and My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey.  She’s currently working on another picture book biography about a female painter who painted under extraordinary conditions for Abrams/Cameron Books, which will be announced soon!

Jeanne lives in Sonoma in Northern California. She regularly reviews other authors’ new picture book biographies on her website, https://www.jeanneharvey.com/blog-news/categories/book-reviews.



winner of the

The Children's Book Guild

2022 Nonfiction Award 

“Kids require more critical thinking skills than ever” - Read More

2022 Children’s Book Guild

Youth Literacy Awards

For the last eight years, the Children’s Book Guild has awarded grants to schools to purchase books for their libraries, media centers, or classrooms.


In 2022, we chose four schools: Simon Elementary and Truesdell Elementary in Washington, D.C., Springhill Lake Elementary in Greenbelt, and St. Francis International School in Silver Spring. Learn more…

Eboni Henry (Truesdell Elementary, D.C.), Carolyn Johnson (St. Francis International School, Silver Spring), Nikita Campbell (Simon Elementary, D.C.)

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Youth Literacy Award chair Kem Sawyer with books for Afghan refugee children



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The Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC, is committed to the fight for racial justice and support for Black lives. Please click on the links above for information on organizations to support, and readings to help educate and inspire positive change.