University of Iowa

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of nineteen picture books for children including Snowflake Bentley, which received a Caldecott medal in 1999.

Her books have been named Smithsonian Magazine’s and Kirkus Review’s “Best Book” lists; won a Golden Kite Honor Award; been selected three times for the Lupine Award, given by the Maine Library Association “to recognize an outstanding contribution to children's literature of Maine;” been named four times to the Blue Ribbon List of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books; to the Smithsonian Magazine's List of Notable Books for Children.

In 2018 Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Re-mix (co-written with June Jo Lee) was named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book by the NCTE and a Sibert Honor Book by the ALA. Creekfinding: A True Story received the Green Earth Award for Environmental Writing for Children.

Martin has taught creative writing at Cornell College, and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She currently is on the faculty at Hamline University’s Low Residency M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Instructor Events

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Sarah Sadie
Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Charles DeLint has written, “When you are touched by magic, nothing’s ever quite the same again.” During our time together, we will explore how to create stories that bring a touch of wonder, magic, to our readers. How do we set the stage for wonder? How do we balance that wonder/that magic with the story’s reality?