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 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 an author, Jenna now shares the joy of reading with young children. She lives in New Jersey with her great loves: her husband, Mark, and her young sons, Henry and Theodore.

Jenna’s debut picture book The Loud Librarian (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) was voted as a Children’s Book Council’s 2024 Favorite – Children’s Favorites Award List; named to Mrs. Laura Bush’s 2023 Summer Reading List; and chosen to the 2024 Redbud Read-Aloud Book Award Masterlist.

Jenna is a member of SCBWI and Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge and was selected as a 2020 #PBParty Finalist and #PBChat Mentee. 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,
please follow along @jennabeatricebooks on Instagram and @jbeatricebooks on Twitter.