Introducing…2016 Picture Book Debut Author J.J. Austrian

JJAustrian-headshot-sideJ.J. Austrian in three scenes:

  1. He is the debut author of WORM LOVES WORM, illustrated by Mike Curato, and published by HarperCollins. When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next: They get married! But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux? The answer is: It doesn’t matter. Because Worm loves Worm.
  2. WORM LOVES WORM has themes of love, acceptance, change and trust.
  3. J.J. grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, graduated from Bard College, and worked in Los Angeles before returning to the East Coast, where he met his wife at a Halloween party. She married him a few years later, in spite of his costume choice. After moving to Minnesota so that they could be closer to family, J.J. earned his MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University. WORM LOVES WORM is his first picture book.

“How do you explain a revolution to a young audience? This book is a terrific start.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) 801e09_1b3b037f1d9b40c7a2d2001f2b08690c.jpg_srz_p_499_499_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srz

“Austrian and Curato turn the simple wedding of two worms into a three-ring circus that slyly turns the whole controversy over same-sex versus heterosexual marriage on its head…As in life, love conquers all.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Find J.J. at WORM LOVES WORM will be available January 5, 2016, wherever books are sold.


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