Jeanne Walker Harvey is an award-winning children’s book author. She hopes books will inspire children to realize the power and beauty of words. Her amazing agent is Deborah Warren of East West Literary Agency.
Jeanne is excited about the publication (August 21, 2018) of her next picture book, BOATS ON THE BAY, a large-format picture book about a bunch of boats found on a busy bay, buoyed by simple, spare, and lyrical text. Inspired by the San Francisco Bay but with universal appeal, the book features a spectacular double-spread gatefold finale showing a boat parade and fireworks glowing against a city backdrop. Jeanne lives in a house on a hill in Sausalito where she watches the boats on the Bay.
Jeanne's narrative nonfiction picture books include two about American artists: MAYA LIN - ARCHITECT OF LIGHT AND LINES: DESIGNER OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (May 2017) and MY HANDS SING THE BLUES - ROMARE BEARDEN’S CHILDHOOD JOURNEY, and two about rescued marine mammals: HONEY GIRL – THE HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL (February 2017) and ASTRO THE STELLER SEA LION.
Ever since she was a child, Jeanne dreamed of being a children’s book author. She was quite the bookworm as a girl. She loved curling up with her family’s collie and reading, reading, reading. Every week her mom took her to the local library, and Jeanne returned home with a tower of books.
Along the way Jeanne has had many jobs, ranging from working as a roller coaster ride operator to an attorney for high-tech companies to a writer of magazine articles to a teacher of Language Arts and writing workshops at a public middle school.
She studied literature and psychology at Stanford University, and volunteered for many years at the local public school library, the Marin County Literacy Program. Jeanne is a long-time school group docent at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a trustee on her town’s library board.
Jeanne lives across the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has two terrific grown sons and a sweet gray and white tabby cat she adopted from the Humane Society. Her cat sits on the papers on Jeanne's desk when she writes (or walks across her keyboard when she’s bored).
When not writing, Jeanne can be found enjoying time with family and friends, dancing in Zumba class, walking along the Bay looking for sea lions, hiking, visiting modern art museums, exploring new places or eating chocolate in all forms.