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Jen Lynn Bailey

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Jen Lynn Bailey is a children’s author from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has reviewed children’s books for Quill & Quire, the National Reading Campaign, and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Book News. Jen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)– Canada East and the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).

Jen holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science Studies from Carleton University (environmental sciences and psychology), and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College. Her work experience has spanned the scientific, educational, and writing domains: Jen studied indoor air quality and analysed levels of environmental contaminants in mammals, birds, and fish. She tagged turbot and studied the feeding habits of the Greenland shark off Baffin Island. Jen was also an elementary school science and core French teacher and a professor in the Professional Writing program at Algonquin College. Now Jen works for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada where she combines her love of all three domains by supporting science promotion programs. When Jen isn’t writing she enjoys knitting, reading, hiking, and kayaking, and sometimes getting muddy at the pottery studio. You can visit her at

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This is the Boat that Ben Built. Pajama Press, 2022
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