Jan Siebold - Biography

"Arrange whatever pieces come your way." -Virginia Woolf

Jan was born in Buffalo, New York to parents Wayne and Elizabeth Millard. She has an older sister, Ellen, and a younger brother, Jim. Jan credits her parents and grandparents for instilling in her a love of books, reading and writing.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree from SUNY Fredonia and the Universite de Besanson, France, Jan received her Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Buffalo. She was an elementary school librarian for over 30 years.
"I love bringing kids and books together," says Jan. "Books can show us what is possible in the world. They can help us to shape the stories of our own lives."
Jan's career as an author began when she attended a writing seminar at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. After the seminar she began to write articles for newspapers and educational journals. Her first book for children, Rope Burn, was published in 1998.
Jan lives with her husband, Jim, in East Aurora, New York. Since her retirement from the East Aurora schools she has written chapters for two books which were published by the American Library Association. Jan was also a contributing author for the WNED Teacher's Guide which accompanies the documentary film Elbert Hubbard ... An American Original. She enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing and "doing time" with a good book.

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