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Kitson Jazynka

Kitson Jazynka is the author of more than 20 books for children, most of them non-fiction books published by National Geographic, about topics she loves, like animals and people who have changed the world for good. She also contributes regularly to the Washington Post’s KidsPost page, and writes for children’s magazines like National Geographic Kids, American Girl and Young Rider. Her books include: National Geographic Kids: Gallop! 100 Fun Facts about Horses (October 2018), NG Kids: History’s Mysteries, Freaky Phenomena  (October 2018), NG Kids: History’s Mysteries, Curious Clues, Cold Cases and Puzzles from the Past  (October 2017), NG Kids: 125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace (April 2017), NG Kids Chapter Books: Danger on the Mountain (2016 chapter book – Junior Library Guild Selection Spring 2017), NG Kids Chapter Books: Hoops to Hippos (2015 chapter book), NG Kids: Mission Panda Rescue (2016), NG Kids: Mission Tiger Rescue (2015), NG Kids: Mission: Wolf Rescue (2014), NG Kids: 125 Cute Animals (2015, contributor), NG Kids: 125 Wacky Roadside Stops (2016, contributor), NG Kids: 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets (2014, contributor) and reader biographies: Buzz Aldrin (2018) Helen Keller (2017), George Washington Carver (2016), Sacagawea (2015), Rosa Parks (2015), Martin Luther King, Jr. (2013). Fiction titles include two books written for Boys Camp Books, a series of middle-grade novels by Sky Pony Press that celebrate boys and the joys of summer camp: Boys Camp: Zee’s Story (May 2015) and Boys Camp: Nate’s Story (November 2013). Kitson's first book for children, Carrot in My Pocket, a picture book, was published in 2001 (Moon Mountain Publishing). In her free time, Kitson loves to walk her dogs, write for horse magazines, ride her horse and hang out with her family.


125 Pet Rescues

NG Kids: 125 Pet Rescues: From Pound to Palace (April 2017)

This is a collection of hilarious and heartwarming stories of dogs, cats, and all types of pets given a second chance, and the human animal lovers who rescued them. From the dog who saved her owner from a fire, to the cat that plays the piano, discover incredible stories of animals in need who went on to become beloved pets. There's tons of furry, fluffy, feathery fun on every page and great photos, too!

125 Pet Rescues

NG Kids: Mission: Wolf Rescue

Get up close and personal with wolves to learn all about their lives, the challenges they face, and what can be done to help save them. Discover amazing photos, a true story about a wolf working to help save its own species, amazing adventure stories from real-life explorers in the field, and hands-on rescue activities for ideas for how you can take action to help save these amazing creatures.



Pandas pictures at visitSo many young students love to talk about animals and writing! Kitson Jazynka loves visiting schools and sharing her love for non-fiction books. Her school programs feature loads of stories about animal through the context of an author’s eye. Join Kitson on great learning adventures following panda experts through thick, wet bamboo forests, or strap on snowshoes and learn about saving tigers in Siberia. Or follow her work chasing real-life stories about a silly seal who high-jacked a boat, a sweet baby bobcat who saved itself from a forest fire by sitting on a fire fighter’s boot or a donkey who saved the life of a pony (it really happened!). Hear why Kitson says writing is a lot like making chocolate chip cookies and have her invite kids to talk about what they would love to write about. She does presentations on her books in elementary and middle schools, grades K-6.

Speaking fees begin at $750 for back-to-back presentations of one hour with additional sessions available. Travel expenses and additional speaking fees required outside the Washington metropolitan area. Fees can be negotiated. To learn more, email Kitson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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