John Micklos, Jr. - Author - The Palette & The Page

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.

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!

​This playful counting book for ages 1-6 shares the colorful highlights of the four seasons in charming illustrations. Count your way through the seasons! In spring, the tree’s leaves appear, one by one. By summer, there’s a glorious canopy. And when autumn winds blow, leaves fly from the tree, one after another, leading us into winter. There’s a world of activity to spy in and around this beautiful tree as the wild creatures, and one little boy, celebrate the cycles of nature. As little ones count leaves, look for animals, and enjoy the changing seasonal landscape, bouncy rhymes and bold illustrations make learning to count easy—corresponding numerals reinforcing the learning fun. The book has drawn rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and is part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Newark Life Magazine Review

Publishers’ Weekly Review

Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal Review

The Children’s Writer’s Guild Review

Newark Post Review