About Jenna

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

After graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University with a degree in literature and 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 in New York City as a lawyer for children in foster care before becoming a litigator and a trustee of a children’s advocacy center in New Jersey.

After a decade of working as a lawyer, Jenna returned to her first love: books! As a children’s author, Jenna now has the honor of sharing the joy of reading (and laughing!) with young students. 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, April 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.