Veda Boyd Jones enjoys the challenge of writing for diverse readers. The author of over 42 books, Veda has written in so many genres it’s hard to keep track: historical novels, romance, children’s nonfiction, picture books, and coloring books, just to name some. She has also published over 300 magazine articles. Her profile of Rachel Carson won the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the articles division and her romance novel Callie’s Mountain was voted best contemporary in the annual readers’ poll by Heartsong Presents a few years back.
Veda is currently a teacher at the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut and has also taught writing at Crowder College in Missouri. She and her husband, Jimmie, an architect, have three sons, Landon, Morgan, and Marshall.
George W. Bush
Veda Boyd Jones
In the introduction to this volume about President George W. Bush, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is quoted as saying “leadership is a public transaction with history.” That statement reminds the reader that any person who takes on a leadership role in a sense no longer belongs to his small town, or his family, but to history. What he says and how he lives becomes a part of the history of the time in which he lives. President Bush was born in Connecticut to a family that had already made a name for itself in business and public service. He had ancestors who had served in politics, been successful in sports, and had served well in the military. President Bush’s father was a well-known politician, had been elected to serve as a vice-president under President Reagan, and later was elected to serve as president, so it is no surprise that this young man would end up as a leader of this great country. This volume is a part of the series “Modern World Leaders” and provides a timeline, bibliography, recommended reading, and an index. It includes coverage on the Iraq war and the flooding of New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. This is an excellent biography for middle school media collections. 2007, Chelsea House/Infobase Publishing, $30.00. Ages 12 to 14. Reviewer: Joyce Rice (Children’s Literature).
Jazz Age Poet: A Story About Langston Hughes
Veda Boyd Jones, Illustrated by Barbara Kiwak
Lerner’s series on creative thinkers presents intriguing glimpses of the human heart and spirit at its noblest and most productive. In Words of Promise, coverage of the source of the Negro anthem “Lift E’vry Voice and Sing” captures the agonizingly small advances of black writers in the Jim Crow era. First Son and President follows the life of John Quincy Adams to old age, when he successfully pled the case of the African mutineers aboard the slave ship Amistad. The story of Booker T. Washington, A Hunger for Learning, describes the complex relationship between the educator and President Theodore Roosevelt. Jazz Age Poet characterizes the genius of Langston Hughes and his influence on the Harlem Renaissance. These books illustrate the best in children’s nonfiction–quality research and writing and eye appeal at a price that families, schools, and public and church libraries can afford. Highly recommended for the biography shelf. (Creative Minds Biography Series) Category: Biography, Personal Narrative. KLIATT Codes: J*–Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2006, Lerner, 64p. illus. index., $6.95 each. Ages 12 to 15…KLIATT.
Veda Boyd Jones
This biography of 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist Tara Lipinski is filled with the details of the long road she traveled to Nagano, Japan. Young fans will be fascinated by her story. Growing up in New Jersey it was roller skating she knew first. However, after her first time on ice she was hooked. Her parents tried to get her interested in riding horses or playing piano, but ice skating was Tara’s passion now. Soon she and her mom moved from Texas, where her Dad would stay working, to the East Coast where Tara could train with the best at the University of Delaware. She was schooled by a tutor so she could put in tiring hours of practice on the ice. We know all her hard work paid off, as she became the youngest Ladies’ World Figure Skating Champion in 1997. Now, Tara wouldn’t shoot for the goal of the 2002 Olympics, but 1998. 1999, Chelsea House Publishers, $16.95. Ages 8 to 14. Reviewer: Tracy Defina (Children’s Literature).
The Writing Life
Veda’s program elucidates to students just what exactly it means to be a writer. She discusses all aspects of the process, including getting ideas, choosing words, the joy of research, revision, and how a book gets into print. Veda’s program is designed for students in grades 2-6 and are 50 minutes long. Veda does up to four sessions per day.
For four sessions, the price is $650, plus travel expenses.
To learn more about Veda Boyd Jones and her publications please visit www.vedaboydjones.com.