Jessica Kulekjian spent her California childhood outdoors– climbing trees, swimming, and riding bikes into orchards where she invented stories with friends until the sun went down. As she grew, so did her love of writing, alongside a dream to become an author. Jessica first knew she wanted to write for children during high school, when her teacher used picture books as mentor texts to model writing lessons. Jessica went on to study creative writing and education in college and earned her MA in Teaching. Her favorite lessons to create include a picture book read aloud for students of any age.

Today, Jessica works with homeschooling families through a local public school and writes in the early morning hours. Her passion for nature, free play, and learning inspires all her stories. Jessica’s debut, Before We Stood Tall: From Small Seed to Mighty Tree, sprouts on bookshelves September 7, 2021 (Kids Can Press) followed by First Notes of Spring (Bloomsbury, 2022) and Hiders Seekers, Finders Keepers (Kids Can Press, 2022). Jessica lives with her husband and three kids in the Central Valley of California, just a short drive away from majestic mountains, the world’s tallest trees, and the deep blue ocean.

Before We Stood Tall is now available for pre-order!

Jessica is represented for all literary projects by Tracy Marchini and James McGowan of Bookends Literary Agency.