About the Author and Illustrator

     Jessica Petersen started inventing new tricks for old tracks when her son was a train-obsessed toddler. Their adventures inspire her blog, Play Trains!, where she writes about playing and learning (and reading!) with kids who love trains.

     She wrote, photographed, and illustrated OLD TRACKS, NEW TRICKS in her home in Seattle, Washington, where she lives with her husband, her son, and lots of happy wooden train tracks. You can visit her online at jessica-petersen.com, and follow her on Instagram (playtrains) and Twitter (@j_e_petersen).


Will Write for Cookies: Jessica Petersen (3/11/17)
Writing advice I wish I'd known when I started out, a picture book author/illustrator who inspired me during a visit to my elementary school, why I write for children, and the best chocolate cupcakes ever.

Picture Book Buzz: An Interview with Jessica Petersen (3/6/17)
The process (and challenges) of illustrating a picture book with photos, how and why Jessica started writing for children, her odd imaginary friend as a child, and more!