Kids + Teens

13 Questions with Debut Children’s Book Author, Sarah Jacoby

Welcome to Lucky Thirteen, an ongoing series of 13 quick questions (some bookish, some not) for our magnificent authors and illustrators.

It is with great honor that we introduce you to Sarah Jacoby, an award-winning illustrator (and now, an author!) based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her debut picture book Forever or a Day comes out on March 27th, 2018; it’s a stunning portrait of time, perspective, and being a human.

Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby

Now, on to the main event: getting to know this very lovely human! Read on, and don’t fight the feeling that Sarah might very well be your new best friend.

1. What are you currently reading?

I’m reading Dear Mr. Capote by Gordan Lish and Thunderbird by Dorothea Lasky.

2. Introvert or extrovert?

Introverted extrovert—I like meeting new people and hanging out, but prefer talking with a few folks rather than being at the center of it all or hosting. I tend to corner people at parties.

3. You have a newspaper. What section do you turn to first?

Arts and Fashion. Then I feel guilty about my natural interests and try to assuage that by reading world news and politics.

4. What’s your bookmark of choice?

Dog eared pages (SORRY LIBRARIANS). If it’s a library book I (try very hard to) use a shoelace.

5. Favorite day of the week and why?

Monday. I know. Who am I? I like fresh starts.

6. Tell us about a piece of art or writing that has inspired you.

I look at Alice Neel paintings a lot. I love her sensibility about people. Very direct, very funny, very true.

7. What were you almost named?

Pricilla. Bret.

8. Your pen (or pencil) of choice is:

I like those Palomino blackwing pencils (602). I also enjoy poor quality mechanical pencils with soft lead.

9. Indoors or outdoors?

Outdoors, duh.

10. A friend is coming over for dinner at your place. What would you cook?

I would make many, many dips and things to dip in the dips.

11. What is one of the first books you remember?

Oh boy, my parents read to us a lot. Let’s see. I recall being spellbound by Why do Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema/illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown/Clement Hurd. Corduroy by Don Freeman was a favorite. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney was also pretty major and formative.

12. Your favorite spot in your home is:

The corner of the kitchen where the coffee, radio, and plants are.

13. What advice would your 80-year-old self give you?

Relax, ride the ride.

Sarah Jacoby

Forever or a Day by Sarah Jaccoby

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She’s a gem, is she not? Be sure to check out her book Forever or a Day, and stay tuned for the next edition of Lucky Thirteen.

Jenna Homen

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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