Jessica Dee Humphreys — Author

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The International Day of the Girl, 2020

Child Soldier, 2015


Jessica Dee Humphreys writes books about things that matter to young people (and adults).

Whenever she meets someone with a really important story to share, she wants to help him or her tell it. Often, they will write a book together. This has led to many exciting projects, including her first book specifically for children, Child Soldier: How Boys and Girls Are Used in War. This is her second book about child soldiers, and she really hopes that the leaders of tomorrow who read it will ensure there is no need for another.

Jessica grew up reading. She read her first book (Oscar Otter) when she was three years old. From then on, Jessica read all the time. She read all through school, she read all through university, she read while walking to work, she read in the shower. She read new books and classic books, funny books and sweet books, strange books and beautiful books. Jessica read her favorite books over and over again. She has read all of the Anne of Green Gables books dozens of times (her most beloved is Anne of the Island).

And then she started writing.

Specializing in international humanitarian, military and children’s issues, her work (as author as well as ghostwriter) has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Maclean’s, Canada’s History Magazine, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. She has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Queen’s University.

Jessica lives with her husband and their little boy in a big city most of the time. But sometimes they live on a tiny island near the woods, where she rereads To Kill a Mockingbird every summer, lying in a hammock.


Child Soldier

2018 - Non-Fiction Award, Grand Canyon Reader Awards, Short-listed
2017 - Red Maple Non-Fiction Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2017 - Golden Oak Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2016 - 2016 Book of the Year for Children Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed
2016 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner
2016 - 2016/2017 Children’s Choice Book Award, Hackmatack, Long-listed
2016 - ALSC Notable Children’s Books - 2016 (Older Readers), American Library Association, Long-listed
2016 - Honor Book, Skipping Stones, Winner
2016 - Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada, Short-listed
2016 - 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens, YALSA, Long-listed
2016 - Best Publication for Kids, Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Long-listed
2015 - Best Bets Junior Non-Fiction, Ontario Library Association, Winner