Jacqueline Jules

Jacqueline Jules is an elementary school librarian in Fairfax County, Virginia, as well the author of numerous acclaimed children's books. Her titles include The Ziz and the Hanukkah MiracleSarah Laughs, and The Grey Striped Shirt, a story for children ages 8-12 about the Holocaust. Her work has also appeared in children's magazines such as Highlights for ChildrenCricket, and Ladybug.

In 2007, Ms. Jules published No English, a story about a second-grade girl's efforts to befriend a new student from Argentina despite their language barrier. The book offers an honest, touching portrayal of the challenges and opportunities presented when we get to know someone who speaks another language. In this exclusive interview with Colorín Colorado, Ms. Jules discusses her writing, the students that inspired the story of No English, and ways to encourage reading with English language learners.

Books by This Author

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow

Age Level: 6-9

When a freak spring blizzard buries Starwood Park, Freddie works with Mr. Vaslov to clear the sidewalks using a new invention―Zapato Power snowshoes! But not even the snow can stop a thief from causing trouble in the neighborhood. Can Freddie solve the case, even if it means helping Erika, the Starwood Park bully?

Duck for Turkey Day

Illustrated by: Kathryn Mitter
Age Level: 3-6

Tuyet is excited for Thanskgiving! She tells her mother that it is time to buy a turkey, but when she learns that her family will be having duck instead, Tuyet is very worried. It's Turkey Day, not Duck Day! When it comes time to tell the class what she ate for Turkey Day, Tuyet is in for a special surprise. This heartwarming story is a beautiful reminder of the unique ways we each celebrate our own traditions.

No English

Illustrated by: Amy Huntington
Age Level: 6-9

No English is the story of two second-grade girls who become friends after overcoming a language barrier. Teachers and students alike will appreciate and empathize with both girls' struggles as they get to know each other and look for ways to communicate. An accompanying Teacher's Guide also provides activities and discussion questions.

Sofia Martinez: The Beach Trip

Illustrated by: Kim Smith
Age Level: 6-9

Sofia and her family are headed to the beach for the weekend, and Sofia is packed and ready to go. But once they get to the beach house, it's obvious that Sofia did not pack basic beach gear. Will her beach trip be ruined? Spanish words are used throughout this early chapter book.

Unite or Die! The Story of the Thirteen Colonies

Illustrated by: Jef Czekaj
Age Level: 6-9
Though the first U.S. Census didn't start until 1790, the squat elementary children put on a play that lays the historical foundation for it. The kids of Forest Lake School (sporting shapes of the original 13 states) dramatize the problems faced after the American Revolution which were resolved by the 1787 Constitutional Convention. This entertaining look at the county’s start is sure to engage and inspire further research.

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (Book 4)

Illustrated by: Miguel Benitez
Age Level: 6-9

Freddie Ramos' super running and jumping powers and his confidence disappear after the loss of his zapatos. When his special-soled shoes are found, Freddie is able to successfully confront a bully as well as his own swimming fears. Easy but lively language and line drawings present an engaging story for new readers in the fourth book in this series.

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Springs into Action

Age Level: 6-9
Freddy is back with his super shoes, his purple zapatos, to help solve a mystery and save a squirrel loose in school. Likeable characters in fast-paced, recognizable activities make these novels appealing and accessible to newly independent readers. Look for the 3rd installment of Freddy's adventures in Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off (Book 1)

Illustrated by: Miguel Benitez
Age Level: 6-9

Freddie isn't sure where his new sneakers came from, but he loves the way they help him zip around his neighborhood! Whether it's to save a puppy or help a friend, Freddie is sure to put his new shoes to good use. Freddie will appeal to children of all ages and backgrounds, but he is likely to hold a special place in the hearts of kids whose families, particularly military families, are struggling during difficult times. This is the first book in the Zapato Power series.

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