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General Bio:


J.H. Diehl's novel Tiny Infinities is a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a Mighty Girl Book of the Year. She is the author of the picture books Loon Chase, illustrated by Kathryn Freeman, and Three Little Beavers, illustrated by Cathy Morrison. Her short fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, Sycamore Review, Enhanced Gravity, Kestrel, and Bethesda Magazine, among others. She is the recipient of a Michener Fellowship, a Maryland Individual Artist Award, and was a finalist for an SCWBI Grant for a Contemporary Novel.


​Jean Heilprin Diehl was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the nearby suburbs, the setting for some of her fiction. She majored in English at Yale and started her career writing features and covering small towns and the cops and courts beat as a reporter for the Concord Monitor in Concord, N.H., where she volunteered at NHPR as host of the Sunday night folk show. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and spent a decade living and working in Buenos Aires, Warsaw, and Jerusalem. She has taught fiction writing, literature and composition at the University of Iowa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Montgomery College, and in high schools and elementary schools, and is an SCBWI Creative Coaching Mentor. She's also worked as an EL content writer for Pearson, Kaplan, Trillium Publishing and others, producing literacy materials including leveled readers for Zaner-Bloser, Reading A-Z, and Scholastic. She and her husband have two children and live in Maryland.

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J.H. (Jean) Diehl was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Maryland. As soon as she learned to read, in first grade, her local public library became her second-most favorite place. Her favorite place was her bed in her room at home, where she read all the books she borrowed from the library. By sixth grade, Jean knew she wanted to be a writer. That’s when she “published” her first book, a collection of poems she called, “Poems About Nothing In Particular But Something.” There were only three copies. But seeing them gave her a powerful feeling. It was her voice speaking on the page, and nobody could change what she said, because there her words were - printed.


Jean has been writing ever since. She’s been a newspaper reporter, a writer of classroom materials, including books that help kids learn to read, an English teacher, and a writing teacher. She’s also lived on four continents: besides the U.S., she’s lived in Argentina, the United Kingdom, Poland, and Jerusalem. 


Her first novel for young readers, TINY INFINITIES, for ages 10 and up, was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, Junior Library Guild Selection, and Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year. She is the author of two picture books, LOON CHASE and THREE LITTLE BEAVERS. Jean and her husband have a son and a daughter and live in Maryland with their sweet rescue dog, Wilson, about ten minutes from the house where she read all those books as a kid. Jean is always looking for more great reads. She hopes you’ll recommend a few of your favorites!