John Briggs Books

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Clean-2I’ve been a writer for more than twenty-five years. I started out in newspapers and eventually spent several years as a nationally syndicated children’s TV critic. I’ve also been a music critic, hockey reporter, education reporter, travel writer, and lots more, but these days I love writing for young readers. I’m thrilled to be writing books for Atombank’s Big Biography series. Did I also mention I spent many more years as a stand-up comic touring the country? Yep, did that, too. So, I’m thrilled to be writing funny picture books and joke books for Sterling Children’s Books.

I make my living editing fiction and nonfiction for New Author Editing, so I find it a refreshing change of pace to be on the other side of the page creating sentences instead of fixing them.

While I mostly write children’s books, I also write for adults and have published several short stories and a novel. I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and the Glens Falls Writers Group.

Now let’s get to the important stuff!

Favorite flavor of ice cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Favorite subject in school: History (what else?!)

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA (although I lived for many years in the Pocono Mountains)

Current Hometown: New York’s Capital District and North Country.

Favorite animal: Lemming

Favorite books as a child: Charlotte’s Web, The Five Chinese Brothers, Curious George, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, the Hardy Boys, and biographies on just about anybody you can name

If you’d like to contact me about a book I’ve written, teaching materials, or for just about any other reason, please email me at johnbriggsbooks at Thanks!

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2 comments on “About

  1. Bob Cudmore
    November 17, 2015

    The Historians Podcast covers the Chronicle Book Fair

    Sunday, November 22 the Historians Podcast will debut an audio report om the recent Chronicle Book Fair in Glens Falls, New York.
    Podcast host Bob Cudmore was among the writers at the well-attended event. Cudmore’s latest history book is “Lost Mohawk Valley.”
    History authors interviewed for the program included Larry Gooley, (“Escape from Dannemora”); Don Papson, (“Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City”); Sheila Myers, (the historical novel “Imaginary Brightness”); John Briggs, (young adult biographies of Pete Seeger and Judy Garland); and David Fiske, (“Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave”).
    Also interviewed were book fair organizer Cathy DeDe plus authors Chuck D’Imperio (“Unknown Museums of Upstate New York”); Barry Damsky (“The Peas Were Cold”); Russell Dunn (“Adventures Around The Great Sacandaga Lake”) and Jim LaBate (“Mickey Mantle Day in Amsterdam”).
    The Historians Podcast is found on and on, search for Eastline Studio. The program is aired twice a week by RISE, WMHT’s service for the visually impaired in the Capital District.

  2. Allen
    July 18, 2022

    Great reading your blog postt

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