James Howe: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

James Howe

Award-Winning Children's Book Author

James Howe is the author of over 80 books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, he published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (www.nonamecallingweek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. Totally Joe, a companion novel to The Misfits, was published in 2005, and a second companion novel, Addie on the Inside, was published in 2011. Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself.

With his professional training as an actor, his 30 years of experience as a public speaker, his humor, and his passion for the subjects he addresses, Howe entertains, moves, and motivates his audiences. He has become a spokesman for the acceptance of differences, speaking out in schools and at conferences on the subjects of bullying, name-calling, and homophobia. He is also known as a dynamic speaker on creativity, writing, and the imagination. Among his most popular speeches is “The Death of the Imagination,” which addresses the societal forces that discourage imaginative and creative thinking in the young.

Among many other venues, Howe has been a keynote or other major speaker at: The First Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth in Schools, The Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, national, state, and regional publishing industry, educational, and library conferences and events, in addition to elementary and middle schools across the country for the past 30 years.

Howe is the recipient of numerous awards, including: GLSEN Respect Award, E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, presented by the Association of Booksellers for Children, National Book Award finalist, Lambda Literary Award finalist, Boston Globe – Horn Book Award finalist, in addition to many state children’s choice awards.

Howe’s books have been cited as outstanding by organizations such as the American Library Association, International Reading Association, American Booksellers Association, Children’s Book Council, and publications including Publishers Weekly and the New York Times. In 2007, he was a judge for the National Book Awards in the Literature for Young People category.

In addition to his speaking, Howe has led writing workshops for children and adults and has taught writing on a graduate level at Teachers College and Manhattanville College.

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  • Living in a House Full of Strangers: The Voice of the Outsider
  • The Death of the Imagination
  • Let One Word Take the Hand of the Next: How Language Leads Us to Story and Truth
  • The Misfits: Celebrating One's Individuality

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