Joanne Rocklin, Children's Author



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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WRITING FOR CHILDREN, I myself don't do manuscript critiques, although there are writers and freelance editors who do. But first the manuscript has to be written! Join The Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators. ( You will find lots of valuable info about everything there, including how to find a critique group or manuscript consultation in your area.There is a huge national SCBWI conference every August in L.A., at which editors, agents and authors lecture about the business.


JOANNE ROCKLIN's latest middle grade novel, FLEABRAIN LOVES FRANNY, will be released August, 2014. It is the story of a special girl, an inspiring book, and a brilliant (though unintentionally hilarious) flea. "Not to be missed." VOYA.

She is also the author of THE FIVE LIVES OF OUR CAT ZOOK, winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite for Fiction and a Parents' Choice Gold Award. It is a middle grade novel about a family, a cat, and the tales (tails!) that heal. "The only imperfection in this novel is that it ends." BOOKLIST, starred.

Another of her well-received novels is ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET which won the California Library Association Beatty Award,
The Commonwealth Club California Book Award Gold Medal and the FOCAL award from the L.A. public library.

Her early readers THREE SMART PALS and THIS BOOK IS HAUNTED will soon be e-books, the latter also to be released as an App.

Joanne has a doctorate in psychology and is a former elementary school teacher, presently writing children’s books full-time. For several years she taught a popular class in writing children’s books at UCLA Extension. She gives presentations in schools, libraries and bookstores and has been a speaker for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the California Reading Association, and other organizations.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Joanne lived in Los Angeles for many decades. She now lives in Oakland, California.