Jo Kittinger

Jo Kittinger - Ghostwriter

Hoover, AL, USA

Award-winning Children's Book Author and Speaker

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Overview

I work as a freelance writer for publishers, to create children's books they want -- often as part of a series of non-fiction books for children. I've also created fictional picture books for organizations that help promote a particular topic -- such as several books I published with the American Bar Association to help promote legal literacy, or books to help children in Korea learn English as a second language.

I've published easy readers, picture books and middle grade, but my sweet spot is picture books. I'm proud to have won a Christopher Award for THE HOUSE ON DIRTY-THIRD STREET and a Crystal Kite for ROSA'S BUS: THE RIDE TO CIVIL RIGHTS. In addition to over 30 books, I've also published numerous items in magazines and newspapers. Nature, science, art and social justice are particular areas of interest.



Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Children's - Picture Books

Awards

  • Christopher Award, Crystal Kite

Work experience

Author

Scholastic, Peachtree Pubishers, Boyds Mills Press, Tuntun (Korea), LATT Junior (Korea) and others
March, 1996 – Present (over 23 years)

In addition to publishing my own original stories and nonfiction ideas, I have worked as a freelance author on numerous books for Scholastic and also two Korean publishers (creating picture books used to teach English as a second language). Another project paired me with the American Bar Association publishers with several picture books whose stories introduced concepts of legal literacy.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The House on Dirty-Third Street

Jo S. Kittinger

A mother and daughter turn a hopeless old house into a loving family home with faith, hard work, and the support of their community.When a girl and her mother are forced to start over, they find themselves feeling isolated and defeated. Longing for their former neighborhood and friends, and overwhelmed by the repairs their new house needs, they finally realize they can’t do everything alone – ... read more

A mother and daughter turn a hopeless old house into a loving family home with faith, hard work, and the support of their community.When a girl and her mother are forced to start over, they find themselves feeling isolated and defeated. Longing for their former neighborhood and friends, and overwhelmed by the repairs their new house needs, they finally realize they can’t do everything alone – ... read more

Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights

Jo S. Kittinger

Like all buses in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950’s, Bus #2857 was segregated: white passengers sat in the front and black passengers sat in the back—until Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a major event in the Civil Rights movement led by a young minister, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For 382 days, black passengers chose... read more

Like all buses in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950’s, Bus #2857 was segregated: white passengers sat in the front and black passengers sat in the back—until Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a major event in the Civil Rights movement led by a young minister, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For 382 days, black passengers chose... read more

Working with the Sea (Rainbow Readers Book 350)

Jo S. Kittinger

This book describes people’s relationship with the sea. It describes everything from the sea’s resources to ocean safety. Other topics include scuba diving, fishing, and sea exploration. What kinds of surprises does the sea hold?

This book describes people’s relationship with the sea. It describes everything from the sea’s resources to ocean safety. Other topics include scuba diving, fishing, and sea exploration. What kinds of surprises does the sea hold?

Creepy Crawlers: Centipedes& Millipedes (Rainbow Readers Book 350)

Jo S. Kittinger

It’s easy to move fast when you have seven hundred legs! This book provides a great introduction to the life cycle and behavior of centipedes and millipedes, small insect-like creatures that can be found all over the world.

It’s easy to move fast when you have seven hundred legs! This book provides a great introduction to the life cycle and behavior of centipedes and millipedes, small insect-like creatures that can be found all over the world.

Curious about Cats (Rainbow Readers Book 350)

Jo S. Kittinger

Cats are one of the world’s most popular pets, and the many wild species of cats are beautiful and fascinating. Learn about lions, cheetahs, lynxes, and more.

Cats are one of the world’s most popular pets, and the many wild species of cats are beautiful and fascinating. Learn about lions, cheetahs, lynxes, and more.

Scorpions (Rainbow Readers Book 350)

Jo S. Kittinger

Do you think that all scorpions are monsters? Learn what scorpions are, what they eat, the differences between types, and more in this exciting reader.

Do you think that all scorpions are monsters? Learn what scorpions are, what they eat, the differences between types, and more in this exciting reader.

Life by the Sea (Rainbow Readers Book 350)

Jo S. Kittinger

Even when a beach looks empty, it is always full of life. Find out how the ghost crab got its name, where you should look for sea stars, and much more.

Even when a beach looks empty, it is always full of life. Find out how the ghost crab got its name, where you should look for sea stars, and much more.

Mammals (Rainbow Readers Book 350)

Jo S. Kittinger

Whales, mice, platypuses, and humans all have something in common: we’re all mammals. This book is full of important facts about different types of mammals, including what their babies are like, where they live, and how they protect themselves.

Whales, mice, platypuses, and humans all have something in common: we’re all mammals. This book is full of important facts about different types of mammals, including what their babies are like, where they live, and how they protect themselves.

The Mighty Heracles and His Twelve Labors (Rainbow Readers Book 350)

Jo S. Kittinger

In this Greek myth, a goddess curses Heracles and causes him to commit a terrible crime. To make up for it, he must complete twelve dangerous and nearly impossible tasks. But if anyone can succeed, it is the mighty Heracles.

In this Greek myth, a goddess curses Heracles and causes him to commit a terrible crime. To make up for it, he must complete twelve dangerous and nearly impossible tasks. But if anyone can succeed, it is the mighty Heracles.

Going to the Beach (Rookie Ready to Learn)

Jo S. Kittinger

Rookie Readers have provided entertaining, high-quality introductions to reading for more than a generation. Each title features full-color, often hilarious illustrations and engaging stories that always involve a young child figuring out concepts or solving problems on his or her own. Every new title contains a Word List and a color-coded reading-level key on the back cover.-- very familiar i... read more

Rookie Readers have provided entertaining, high-quality introductions to reading for more than a generation. Each title features full-color, often hilarious illustrations and engaging stories that always involve a young child figuring out concepts or solving problems on his or her own. Every new title contains a Word List and a color-coded reading-level key on the back cover.-- very familiar i... read more

Alabama (A True Book: My United States)

Jo S. Kittinger

Located in the heart of the South, Alabama is a land of diverse and beautiful natural scenery. Readers will explore the state as they find out what life is like in Alabama today. They will learn about the states government, find out which plants and animals live there, get an inside look at what Alabamans like to do for fun, and much more.

Located in the heart of the South, Alabama is a land of diverse and beautiful natural scenery. Readers will explore the state as they find out what life is like in Alabama today. They will learn about the states government, find out which plants and animals live there, get an inside look at what Alabamans like to do for fun, and much more.

South Dakota (True Book My United States)

Jo S Kittinger

South Dakota is perhaps most famous for the towering sculptures on Mount Rushmore, but there is also a lot more to discover about this remarkable state. Readers will see it all for themselves as they explore South Dakotas fascinating history, meet its pe

South Dakota is perhaps most famous for the towering sculptures on Mount Rushmore, but there is also a lot more to discover about this remarkable state. Readers will see it all for themselves as they explore South Dakotas fascinating history, meet its pe

Look at Minerals: From Galena to Gold (First Book)

Jo S. Kittinger

Describes the composition, formation, appearance, and uses of certain minerals, including some gemstones

Describes the composition, formation, appearance, and uses of certain minerals, including some gemstones

Cuando Sea Grande/when I Grow Up (Rookie Espanol) (Spanish Edition)

Jo S Kittinger

A young girl contemplates the many things she can be when she grows up, including a truck driver or President.

A young girl contemplates the many things she can be when she grows up, including a truck driver or President.

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