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Jane Yolen

(Jane Hyatt Yolen Stemple)
USA (1939 - )

Jane Yolen is one of the acknowledged masters of fantasy today. She is the author of more than two hundred books for children and adults. Her young adult novel The Devil's Arhtmetic won the Jewish Book Council Award. Her children's book Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr, was awarded the Caldecott Medal; her fantasy novels Sister Light, Sister Dark and White Jenna were both short-listed for the Nebula; and she's won the Nebula twice for short stories. She has also won the World Fantasy Award, the Christopher Medal twice, and the Golden Kite Award. She has written two previous books in the Young Heroes series with Robert J. Harris, Odysseus in the Serpent Maze and Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons. Jane Yolen lives with her husband in western Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.


Young Merlin
1. Passager (1996)
2. Hobby (1996)
3. Merlin (1997)
The Young Merlin Trilogy (omnibus) (2004)




Rock'n' Roll Fairy Tale (with Adam Stemple)
Pay the Piper (2005)
Troll Bridge (2006)
The Girl Who Cried Flowers (1974)
The Moon Ribbon (1976)
The Hundredth Dove (1977)
Dragonfield (1985)
Merlin's Booke (1986)
Tales of Wonder (1987)
The Faery Flag (1989)
Hark! A Christmas Sampler (1991)
Storyteller (1992)
Here There Be Dragons (1993)
How Beastly (poems) (1994)
Here There Be Unicorns (1994)
Among Angels (poems) (1995) (with Nancy Willard)
Water Music (poems) (1995)
Sister Emily's Lightship (1997)
Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast (1997)
Here There Be Ghosts (1998)
Dear Mother, Dear Daughter (poems) (2001) (with Adam Stemple and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple)
The Fish Prince (2001) (with Shulamith Oppenheim)
Least Things (poems) (2003)
The Radiation Sonnets (poems) (2003)
Barefoot Book of Stories from the Ballet (2004) (with Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple)
Fine Feathered Friends (poems) (2004)
Fairy Tale Feasts (2006)
Shape Me a Rhyme (poems) (2007) (with Jason Stemple)
The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories (2009) (with Rebecca Guay and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple)
A Mirror to Nature (poems) (2009)
An Egret's Day (poems) (2010)
Birds of a Feather (poems) (2011)
Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers (poems) (2011) (with J Patrick Lewis)
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur (2011) (with Jeanne DuPrau, Nikki Giovanni, John Green, Karen Hesse, Alexander McCall Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, Joyce Carol Oates and Sofia Quintero)
Things to Say to a Dead Man (poems) (2011)
The Last Selchie Child (poems) (2012)
Grumbles from the Forest (poems) (2013) (with Rebecca Kai Dotlich)
Wee Rhymes (poems) (2013)
The Bloody Tide (poems) (2014)
Beyond the Pale (2014) (with Saladin Ahmed, Peter S Beagle, Heather Brewer, Jim Butcher, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder and Gillian Philip)
Animal Stories (2014)
Picture Books
See This Little Line (1963)
Gwinellen, the Princess Who could Not Sleep (1965)
The Emperor and the Kite (1967)
The Minstrel and the Mountain (1967)
Greyling (1968)
The Longest Name On the Block (1968)
World On a String (1968)
It All Depends (1969)
The Seventh Mandarin (1969)
The Bird of Time (1971)
The Girl Who Loved the Wind (1973)
The Boy Who Had Wings (1974)
Rainbow Rider (1974)
The Little Spotted Fish (1975)
Hands (1976)
Milkweed Days (1976)
An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball (1976)
Hannah Dreaming (1977)
The Seeing Stick (1977)
The Sultan's Perfect Tree (1977)
No Bath Tonight (1978)
The Simple Prince (1978)
Spider Jane (1978)
All in the Woodland Early (1979)
Mice on Ice (1980)
Commander Toad in Space (1980)
Dragon Night and Other Lullabies (1980)
Sleeping Ugly (1981)
Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes (1982)
Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole (1983)
Commander Toad and the Dis-Asteroid (1985)
Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy (1986)
The Lullaby Songbook (1986)
The Sleeping Beauty (1986)
Ring of Earth (1986)
Too Old for Naps (1987)
The Three Bears Rhyme Book (1987)
Owl Moon (1987)
Commander Toad and the Space Pirates (1987)
Best Witches (1989)
Dove Isabeau (1989)
The Laptime Song and Play Book (1989)
Wings (1990)
Baby Bear's Bedtime Book (1990)
Dinosaur Dances (1990)
Bird Watch (1990)
Elfabet (1990)
Sky Dogs (1990)
Tam Lin (1990)
Merlin and the Dragons (1991)
All Those Secrets of the World (1991)
Street Rhymes Around the World (1992)
Eeny, Meeny, Miney Mole (1992)
Encounter (1992)
Letting Swift River Go (1992)
A Letter from Phoenix Farm (1992)
Mouse's Birthday (1993)
Welcome to the Green House (1993)
Jane Yolen's Songs of Summer (1993)
Honkers (1993)
Raining Cats and Dogs (1993)
What Rhymes with Moon? (1993)
Sleep Rhymes Around the World (1994)
Animal Fare (1994)
Little Mouse and Elephant (1994)
Grandad Bill's Song (1994)
Beneath the Ghost Moon (1994)
The Girl in the Golden Bower (1994)
Old Dame Counterpane (1994)
Good Griselle (1994)
Alphabestiary (1995)
The Three Bears Holiday Rhyme Book (1995)
The Ballad of the Pirate Queens (1995)
Before the Storm (1995)
A Sip of Aesop (1995)
The Musicians of Bremen (1996)
Welcome to the River of Grass (1996)
Welcome to the Sea of Sand (1996)
O Jerusalem (1996)
Sea Watch (1996)
Sky Scrape / City Scape (1996)
Meet the Monsters (1996) (with Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple)
Sacred Places (1996)
Once Upon Ice (1997)
Miz Berlin Walks (1997)
Child of Faerie, Child of Earth (1997)
Nocturne (1997)
Welcome to the Ice House (1998)
House, House (1998)
King Long Shanks (1998) (with Victoria Chess)
The Originals (1998)
Pegasus, the Flying Horse (1998)
Tea with an Old Dragon (1998)
Prince of Egypt (1998)
Raising Yoder's Barn (1998)
Commander Toad and the Voyage Home (1998)
Snow, Snow (1998)
MoonBall (1999)
The Mary Celeste (1999) (with Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple)
Off We Go! (2000)
Where Have the Unicorns Gone? (2000) (with Ruth Sanderson)
Color Me a Rhyme (2000)
The Wolf Girls (2001)
Bedtime for Bunny (2002)
The Firebird (2002)
Wild Wings (2002)
Horizons (2002)
Animal Train (2002)
Harvest Home (2002)
The Sea King (2002) (with Shulamith Oppenheim)
Time for Naps (2002)
My Brothers' Flying Machine (2003)
Hoptoad (2003)
The Flying Witch (2003)
Eeny Up Above (2004)
The Salem Witch Trials (2004)
The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen (2005)
Grandma's Hurrying Child (2005)
Soft House (2005)
Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep (2007) (with Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple)
Dimity Duck 2 (2007)
Baby Bear's Big Dreams (2007)
Hip Hippos (2008)
One Hippo Hops (2008)
Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos (2008)
Mama's Kiss (2008)
My Uncle Emily (2009)
Pumpkin Baby (2009)
Come to the Fairies' Ball (2009)
Under the Star (2009)
Good Night, Little Bunny (2010)
All Star! (2010)
My Father Knows the Names of Things (2010)
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink (2010) (with Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple)
Lost Boy (2010)
Elsie's Bird (2010)
Hush, Little Horsie (2010)
The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye (2011)
Pretty Princess Pig (2011)
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters (2011)
Sister Bear (2011)
Take Two!: A Celebration of Twins (2012) (with J Patrick Lewis)
Bug Off!: Creepy, Crawly Poems (2012)
The Emily Sonnets (2012) (with Gary Kelley)
Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts (2012) (with Heidi E Y Stemple)
Waking Dragons (2012)
Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters (2013)
Count Me a Rhyme (2014)
Stone Angel (2015)
You Nest Here With Me (2015) (with Heidi Stemple)
The Stranded Whale (2015)
Sing a Season Song (2015)
What to Do with a Box (2016)
On Bird Hill (2016)

Series contributed to
Anthologies edited

Non fiction

Anthologies containing stories by Jane Yolen
Dragons of Light (1980)
Elsewhere Two (1982)
Magic for Sale (1983)
100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (1984)
Imaginary Lands (1985)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 11 (1985)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 12 (1986)
The Year's Best Fantasy First Annual Collection (1988)
The Year's Best Fantasy Second Annual Collection (1989)
     aka Demons and Dreams
Nebula Awards 24 (1990)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection (1990)
Vampires: The Greatest Stories (1991)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fifth Annual Collection (1992)
Inside the Funhouse (1992)
Xanadu (1993)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Sixth Annual Collection (1993)
The Ultimate Witch (1993)
Fantasy Stories (1994)
Xanadu 2 (1994)
Horses! (1994)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Seventh Annual Collection (1994)
Deals with the Devil (1994)
Angels of Darkness (1995)
Witch Fantastic (1995)
Xanadu 3 (1995)
The Armless Maiden (1995)
Nebula Awards 29 (1995)
Excalibur (1995)
Angels! (1995)
The Book of Kings (1995)
Great Writers and Kids Write Spooky Stories (1995)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eighth Annual Collection (1995)
The Merlin Chronicles (1995)
Sisters of the Night (1995)
Blood Muse (1995)
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995)
Off Limits (1996)
Castle Fantastic (1996)
Sisters in Fantasy 2 (1996)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Ninth Annual Collection (1996)
Fantasy Stories (1996)
Twists of the Tale (1996)
Wild Women (1997)
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1997)
Tarot Fantastic (1997)
Black Swan, White Raven (1997)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Tenth Annual Collection (1997)
Elf Magic (1997)
Wizard Fantastic (1997)
Robert Bloch's Psychos (1997)
Don't Open This Book! (1998)
Vampire and Werewolf Stories (1998)
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (1998)
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (1998)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eleventh Annual Collection (1998)
Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (1998)
The Crow: Shattered Lives and Broken Dreams (1998)
Nebula Awards 33 (1999)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Twelfth Annual Collection (1999)
Merlin (1999)
Bruce Coville's Strange Worlds (2000)
Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000)
Sherwood (2000)
Nebula Awards Showcase 2000 (2000)
Perchance to Dream (2000)
A Wolf At the Door (2000)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Thirteenth Annual Collection (2000)

Short stories
The Lady and the Merman [short story] (1976)
The Tower Bird (1978)
Angelica (1979)
Cockfight (1980)
The Sleep of Trees (1980)
Brothers of the Wind [short story] (1981)
In the Hall of Grief (1982)
The Malaysian Mer (1982)
Brother Kenan's Bell (1983)
The Foxwife (1984)
Evian Steel (1985)
The Face in the Cloth (1985)
The Confession of Brother Blaise (1986)
Dream Reader (1986)
"Once Upon a Time..." She Said (1987)
Science Fiction (1987)
Wolf/Child (1987)
Words of Power (1987)
The Boy Who Drew Unicorns (1988)
The Devil's Arithmetic [short story] (1988)Nebula Awards (nominee)
World Fantasy (nominee)
Memoirs of a Bottle Djinn (1988)
The Quiet Monk (1988)
Beauty and the Beast: An Anniversary (1989)
The Faery Flag [short story] (1989)
Mama Gone (1991)
A Story Must Be Held (1991)
The Question of the Grail (1992)
The Tale of the Seventeenth Eunuch (1992)
this is a story (1992)
Will (1992)
Inscription (1993)
Knives (1993)
The Ring at Yarrow (1993)
Circles (1994)
De Natura Unicorni (1994)
Märchen (1994)
Orkney Lament (1994)
Pitch (1994)
Allerleirauh (1995)
Daffodils (1995) (with Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple)
Jacob and the Angel (1995)
Journey into the Dark (1995)
The Mirror Speaks (1995)
The Question of the Sword (1995)
Sister Death (1995)
Swan/Princess (1995)
The Traveler and the Tale (1995)
Vamping the Muse (1995)
Women's Stories (1995)
Castle Collapse (1996)
First Contact/Second Coming (1996)
Flattened Fauna Poem #37: Cats (1996)
The House of Seven Angels (1996)
Intermarriage (1996)
Sex Among the Abos (1996)
Sextraterrestrials (1996) (with Joe Haldeman)
Wonder Land (1996)
Belle Bloody Merciless Dame (1997)
Godmother Death (1997)
Rabbit Hole (1997)
Song of the Cards (1997)
A Southern Night (1997)
The Wizard of the Birds (1997) (with Adam Stemple)
Become a Warrior (1998)
Bird Count (1998)
Carrion Crows (1998) (with Robert J Harris)
Lost Girls (1998)Nebula Awards
Sister Emily's LightShip [short story] (1998)Nebula Awards
Studies in Stone (1998) (with Robert J Harris)
Old Merlin Dancing On the Sands of Time (1999)
Cinder Elephant (2000)
Holy, Holy, Holy (2000) (with Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple)
Our Lady of the Greenwood (2000)
Snow in Summer [short story] (2000)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book winner (1985) : Cards of Grief
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1986) : Dragonfield: And Other Stories
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1987) : Merlin's Booke
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1987) : Merlin's Booke
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1989) : The Devil's Arithmetic [short story]
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1989) : The Devil's Arithmetic [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1990) : Sister Light, Sister Dark
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1991) : Sister Light, Sister Dark
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1991) : White Jenna
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book winner (1993) : Briar Rose
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1993) : Briar Rose
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1993) : Briar Rose
Nebula Awards Best Short Story winner (1998) : Sister Emily's LightShip [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Novellette winner (1999) : Lost Girls

Jane Yolen recommends
The Gods of Pegana
The Gods of Pegana (1905)
Lord Dunsany
"Lord Dunsany is the great grandfather of us all."
A College of Magics
A College of Magics (1994)
(College of Magics, book 1)
Caroline Stevermer
"A large step up ... from Harry Potter."
Song in the Silence
Song in the Silence (1996)
(Song in the Silence, book 1)
Elizabeth Kerner
"Elizabeth Kerner has a strong new voice that has the cadences and resonance of an old and wise bard."
The Fox Woman
The Fox Woman (2000)
(Fox Woman, book 1)
Kij Johnson
"If you are a smash-and-grab, blood-on-the-sword fantasy reader, this astonishingly lyrical first novel about a medieval Japanese shapeshifter is not for you. But if you want lush prose, romantic settings, and a poetry-of-the-soul book, run-do not walk-to get this. God, I wish I had written it!"
The Freedom Maze
The Freedom Maze (2001)
Delia Sherman
"A bold and sensitively-written novel about a supposed-white child, Sophie Fairchild returned magically to a time of her ancestors who were slavemaster and slaves in the old South. I was mesmerized."

Spiral Path (2014)
(Night Calls , book 3)
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
"With a clear, distinctive voice, Katharine Kimbriel invents and re-invents magic on America's frontier..."

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