John Micklos, Jr. wrote his first “book” when he was in second grade, a story entitled “Tubby the Pig on the Moon.” Over the past 20 years, he has written more than 50 children’s books spanning a wide range of ages and genres. His work includes picture books, poetry books, and numerous nonfiction books. Popular titles include, One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! published by Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, which was chosen for inclusion as a selection in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. 

John’s other books include 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets (contributor), published by National Geographic Kids, Beach Fun: Poems of Surf and Sand, The Sound in the Basement, and 125 Cute Animals (contributor). He also has written dozens of biographies, history books, and social studies books for educational publishers such as Capstone and Cavendish Square. 

A long-time resident of Newark, John enjoys visiting schools and conducting writing workshops with students of all ages. His presentations and workshops center on writing poetry, nonfiction, and persuasive pieces, as well as the art of research and revision, to name just a few.