Janice N. Harrington

Janice N. Harrington Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Janice N. Harrington grew up in Vernon, Alabama. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. A lover of stories both written and oral, she came to her interest in writing through childhood favorites such as Jane Eyre, Charlotte’s Web, and the Greek myths she came upon in an antiquated set of the Book of Knowledge encyclopedia.
Ms. Harrington received the Ezra Jack Keat’s New Writer Award for her first picture book, Going North.  The book, which Kirkus Reviews called “gorgeous,” and School Library Journal described as “a solid choice for readers,” was named a Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book, a Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice, and a Booklist Editors’ Choice. Her second picture book, The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County, has already received much acclaim, being selected for Fanfare, The Horn Book’s Honor List and named a Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice.
Ms. Harrington is also a nationally known storyteller who has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, a widely published poet, and a children’s librarian with over twenty-two years’ experience as a youth advocate. She lives in Champaign, Illinois.


Busy-Busy Little Chick

Janice N. Harrington, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Ideal for Easter and springtime, an exuberantly illustrated picture book by a New York Times bestselling artist!Little Chick’s mother is all cluck and...


The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

Janice N. Harrington; Pictures by Shelley Jackson

Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother’s farm except one – the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales...


Going North

Janice N. Harrington; Pictures by Jerome Lagarrigue

An African American family becomes a new kind of pioneerLeaving behind Big Mama, loving relatives, and the familiar red soil and cotton fields of Alabama, Jessie and her family are...