About Jenna

Over the years, Jenna has worked as a lawyer, a book publicist, and even as a space camp counselor. The link between them? Kids!

After graduating from Barnard College with a degree in creative writing, Jenna worked for a stint in children’s informational publishing before going to Fordham University School of Law.

Jenna began her legal career as a lawyer for children before becoming a litigator and a trustee of a children’s advocacy center. After a decade of working as a lawyer, Jenna returned to her first love: books!

As a children’s author, Jenna has the honor of sharing the joy of reading with our youngest readers. She lives in northern New Jersey with her great loves: her husband, Mark, and their young son, Henry.

Jenna is a member of SCBWI and Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge and was selected as a 2020 #PBParty Finalist and a 2020 #PBChat Mentee.

The Loud Librarian (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2023) is Jenna’s debut picture book. She is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Birch Path Literary.

Jenna Loves:

  • Traveling
  • Baking
  • Baseball (Go Yankees!)
  • Halloween
  • Tea Parties
  • Hiking
  • Libraries
  • Musicals
  • To-Do Lists & Clipboards
  • Trips to the Beach
  • Reading (of course!)

To learn more about Jenna (and for some of her favorite picture books),
please follow along @jennabeatricebooks on Instagram and @jbeatricebooks on Twitter.