Jan Carr has written one novel for adults, Harem Wish, and over 50 books for children, including the Middle Grade novel The Elf of Union Square, and Picture Books Toe Shoe Mouse, Big Truck and Little Truck, Dark Day Light Night, and The Nature of the Beast. Her upcoming Picture Book Star of the Party will be illustrated by Juana Medina and published by Crown in 2020. Armed with a B.S. in child development from Cornell University, and M.Ed. in early childhood education, she first worked as a Head Start teacher and instructor of education. She went on to work as a book editor at Scholastic, a magazine editor at Sesame Workshop, a non-fiction journalist writing about theater and dance, and has taught writing at both The New School University and School of Visual Arts in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program. She currently writes fiction, and reviews children's books for Common Sense Media.