Many of you may not have known that Jean George passed away in 2012Read the May 17, 2012 New York Times tribute to Jean.

She finished her last book, The Cougar of Flat Creek, four days before she died. She always said she wanted to write up to the very last, and she did. Her family and friends, who designed this site, will continue to keep it updated. Since she passed away her final three books have been published posthumously. They are highlighted below.

Jean wrote about nature for children. She wrote stories about a boy and a falcon, a girl and an elegant wolf pack, about owls, weasels, foxes, prairie dogs, the alpine tundra, and the tropical rain forest. She hoped they would inspire her readers to learn about and protect all the beautiful creatures and places, just as she did.


Jean Craighead George’s last picture book, revised by her children Luke and Twig George, and illustrated by longtime collaborator, Wendell Minor, will be available in the fall of 2021. Published by HarperCollins Publishers.

In 2016 Jean was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

"The Writers Hall of Fame is administered by the Empire State Center for the Book and celebrates books, literacy, and authors within the State of New York. The Center is the New York State affiliate of the Library of Congress’s National Center for the Book."

"Noted writers Roger Angell, Roz Chast and Samuel R. Delany, Maya Angelou, Jean Craighead George, Don Marquis, and Grace Paley were inducted in 2016."


Shadow - The Cougar of Flat Creek

Shadow, The Cougar Of Flat Creek  Cover
The story of a young cougar claiming her place in the wild.... - read more...


- Available at Whit Press

Ice Whale

Ice Whale Cover

"From the most celebrated children's nature writer of our time comes a posthumous new novel in the tradition of her Newbery award-winning Julie of the wolves." - read more...

Available at RecordedBooks

Galápagos George

Galapagos George Cover

"This is the story of the famous Lonesome George, a giant tortoise who..." - read more...

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Go Fund Me - Donate Jean and Children's Garden

This Penn State alum would have been 100 in July. I'd love to be able to celebrate her gifts with this gift to the Chidren's Garden at the Penn State Arboretum in her honor & with your help - We Are going to do it! You can help by donating at GoFundMe.


Jean Craighead George with covers of her works

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