Jessica Kulekjian - Author


Jessica Kulekjian spent her California childhood outdoors – climbing trees, swimming and riding bikes into orchards where she invented stories with friends until the sun went down. As she grew, so did her love of writing, alongside a dream to become an author. Jessica first knew she wanted to write for children during high school, when her teacher used picture books as mentor texts to model writing lessons. Jessica went on to study creative writing and education in college and earned her MA in Teaching. Her favorite lessons to create include a picture book read aloud for students of any age. #Today, Jessica works with homeschooling families through a local public school and writes in the early morning hours. Her passion for nature, free play and learning inspires all her stories. Jessica’s debut, Before We Stood Tall: From Small Seed to Mighty Tree, sprouts on bookshelves September 7, 2021 followed by First Notes of Spring (Bloomsbury, 2022). Jessica lives with her husband and three kids in the Central Valley of California, just a short drive away from majestic mountains, the world’s tallest trees and the deep blue ocean.~Twitter: @jesskulekjian~Instagram: @jessicakulekjian


  • Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers

    2023 - Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education, Joint Winner

    2023 - Delaware Diamonds K-2 , Diamond State Reading Association, Short-Listed

  • Before We Stood Tall

    2022 - 2022 Notable Books in Poetry, The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Commended

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