Speaker Profile - Donna Janell Bowman


Region: Texas: Austin
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: donnajbbwrites@gmail.com


Donna Janell Bowman is a Texas author with a passion for “cool” nonfiction, charming and funny fiction, and dramatic historical fiction. She has written for top children’s magazines and short story anthologies, as well as books for the education market. Her debut picture book biography, Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Taught the World About Kindness, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Lee and Low, October 2016), has garnered three starred reviews, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection, an Orbis Pictus Recommended book, an ALA Notable book, and it made the Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year list. Forthcoming titles include En Garde! Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words (Peachtree, 2018), illustrated by S.D. Schindler, and King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara (Peachtree 2019), illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Donna also maintains Birthdayographies, a popular blog celebrating picture book biographies, one birthday at a time. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. 

She is agented by Erin Murphy of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Presentation Description:

One of my favorite activities as an author is sharing my books and the writing craft with young readers. Fiction, nonfiction, research, idea-generation, and the writer’s life are popular topics during my school visits. 
I also enjoy teaching adult writers through formal classes, workshops, and through private instruction. 
For more specific information, visit http://www.donnajanellbowman.com/school-visits/