Jacob Gordon and Judith Ross Enderle met in a writing class
at UCLA. Both saw their first published words in the pages of Highlights
for Children magazine. Since then, theyve co-authored numerous
books for young people, including the short chapter books Whats
the Matter, Kelly Beans? and School Stinks!,
the Childrens Choice books Two Badd Babies
and Six Snowy Sheep,as well as
Somethings Happening on Calabash Street.
Their stories have appeared on The Kids Reading Room page
of The Los Angeles Times, in Spider, LadyBug, and other publications
for young readers.
On the bookshelf and in childrens magazines, youll
find their work under their individual names and under the pseudonyms,
Jeffie Ross Gordon and J.R. Gordon.
Language is fun. Our favorite stories are those that make
young people laugh, say Stephanie and Judy. Its
very exciting to do a job you love and know that children everywhere
love you for doing it. And judging by their reviews and endorsements,
appearance requests, and fan mail, children, teachers, librarians,
and other childrens literary advocates they have met personally
and through their writing, do love their work.
When they arent writing, they can be found sharing their
stories in bookstores and in schools, lecturing at conferences,
workshops, and retreats to adults who want to learn to write, working
as freelance readers for a eastern publishing house, or critiquing
manuscripts for other childrens writers through their Ventura-based
business, Writers Ink.
Stephanie and Judy are active in many areas of childrens writing. Both
are board members of the Society of Childrens Book Writers
and Illustrators and members of the Childrens Literature Council
of Southern California, California Readers, and the Southern California
Childrens Booksellers Association. Between them they have
six grown children, three dogs and two cats, a lot of fun, and a
lot of wacky words yet to be written!
You can find out more about this writing duo in Something
About the Author Volume 26, published by Gale Research.