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Jon Scieszka

Born: Sep 8, 1954

Birthplace: Flint

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Jon Scieszka

Date of Birth : Sep 8, 1954
Birth Place : Flint

Jon Scieszka ("rhymes with Fresca"; Polish for "path") was born September 8, 1954, in Flint, MI to Louis (elementary school principal) and Shirly (registered nurse). His paternal grandparents, MIchael and Anna, emigrated to America from Poland. He is the second of six brothers, an arrangement he says prepared him for Culver Military Academy (where he became a lieutenant), and has two children: daughter Casey and son Jake.Scieszka originally went to Albion College, MI, to study medicine but turned down an acceptance to Johns Hopkins Medical School, MD, and wound up with a B.A. in Writing and an M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University, NY. In 1980 he applied to become an elementary school teacher at Manhattan Day School, NY, and taught a variety of grades. His observations from this time of his life reveal a kindled interest in how children learn; in interviews, second graders seem to have influenced his writing.He met friend and illustrator Lane Smith through mutual contacts: Scieszka was dating Jeri Hanson, who was friends with Molly Leach, who was dating Smith. Each couple ended up married, and Scieszka focused on his career with Smith, first producingThe True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! At the time, publishers dismissed the book as being "too dark," "too weird," and "too sophisticated." Viking Press picked it up in 1989, and now it has sold over a million copies, been translated into ten languages, and has been called "a classic picture book for all ages." Leach, incidentally, has designed all the Scieszka/Smith picture books.


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  • Shirly Scieszka
  • Louis Scieszka


  • Jerilyn Scieszka


  • Casey Scieszka
  • Jake Scieszka
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