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Jennifer Lee Kouo

kid-drawingAt a very young age, Jenny L. Kouo became a skilled thief. She was a pilferer of pure white paper, which was stolen from her father’s office printer. With a few folds and a few staples, Jenny would construct a sufficient enough book. Practically born with art supplies in hand, Jenny cannot remember a time when she did not enjoying the art of writing and creating artwork. An early draft of “Paint Me the Sky” was penned in one of these self-constructed books, and in it, a character named Piper was created!

“Paint Me the Sky” and Piper have remained with her since childhood, pressing her to attempt to publish it. She hopes that the dynamic story will bring many joyous moments shared at bedtime between parents and their children. The repetition in phrases welcome beginning readers to chime in, and the illustrations, she hopes, will spur each child’s own artistry.

Close up of kids painting

Aside from these haphazard storybooks Jenny constructed as a child, she a first-time author. When not penning her next children’s book Jenny is a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to becoming a Maryland Terrapin, she received her Bachelor of Science and Certification in both Elementary and Special Education with a minor in Psychology from Towson University. Additionally, Jennifer received her Master of Science Degree in Education of Students with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Advanced Methods for Differentiated Instruction, Inclusive Education for Mild to Moderate Disabilities from Johns Hopkins University. As a doctoral student, Jennifer is committed to investigating social communication and interaction interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorder.

You can follow Jenny on twitter, instagram, and as a regular contributor to our blog.