Janet Halfmann is an award-winning children's author who strives to make her books come alive for young readers and listeners. Many of her picture books are about animals and nature. She also writes picture book biographies about little-known people of achievement.
Recent titles by Janet include Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School; Animal Teachers; A Rainbow of Birds; Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be?; Home in the Cave; Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish; Good Night, Little Sea Otter; Fur and Feathers; Little Skink's Tail; Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story; and Grandma is a Slowpoke. Halfmann has written forty fiction and nonfiction books for children.
Before becoming a children's author, Janet was a daily newspaper reporter, children's magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books.
She is the mother of four and the grandmother of six. When Janet isn't writing, she enjoys gardening, exploring nature, visiting living history museums, and spending time with her family. She grew up on a farm in Michigan and now lives in South Milwaukee, WI.
Learn more about Janet Halfmann on her website.
Q1: OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS HERE'S AN IDEA! WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE FOR PONDERING IDEAS?
Janet: My favorite time and space for pondering ideas is while on a walk, especially through an area filled with nature and its sounds.
Q2: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
Janet: My favorite subject in grade school was art.
Q3: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO DO?
Janet: I would like to learn how to play the piano.
Q4: WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
Janet: I decided I wanted to be an author soon after graduating from college when I was home with our newborn son and took a course by mail in children's writing. My dream finally came true in the late 1990s, after a decades-long winding path that included being a daily newspaper reporter, managing editor of a children's magazine for farm and ranch kids, and a creator of coloring and activity books at Golden Books.