Society of
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Speaker Profile - Jean Petersen


Region: Montana
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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Jean recently released her third book Kind Soup, children's picture book, with Little Lamb Books. Her cookbook The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook-Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes with Arcadia Publishing and The History Press as a part of their American Palate series  was released in July 2018.  Moose Shoes was her first children's non-fiction picture book released in 2007. 

Jean is Colorado State University-Journalism alumni, and has been a freelance writer and weekly columnist for 15 years with Western Ag Reporter covering a host of topics.  Her weekly children's column is called Life on the Ranch with Banjo. You can also find her feature articles published in Distinctly Montana magazine and Raised in the West Magazine and Yellowstone Valley Women.   

Jean lives near the Beartooth Mountains in scenic southern Montana on her small farm with her husband, four children, three mice-chasing Corgi's, three horses, a bottle calf named Beatrice-who likes to go on adventures, and any other critter knocking at the door.  They all give her lots of fuel for all her writing.