Jan L. Coates
As a young child, Jan Coates waited eagerly for her first library card. Today, as a critically-acclaimed children’s book writer, she is helping to fill libraries herself. Her young adult novel A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature, as well as a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her middle grade novels have been finalists for the Ann Connor Brimer Award, the Violet Downey Award, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. In 2015 Jan published The King of Keji, her second picture book. She lives, writes, and teaches in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.