Jolene Gutiérrez grew up on a farm, surrounded by animals, plants, and history. She holds a Master’s degree in Library Science and is an award-winning teacher-librarian and has been working with diverse learners at Denver Academy for the past 25 years. She is a wife of 21 years and mama to two teenage humans and three preteen dogs. An active member of SCBWI and The Author’s Guild, Jolene is a We Need Diverse Books mentorship finalist, a Writing with the Stars 2018 mentee (with picture book author Stacy McAnulty), a Highlights Foundation scholarship winner (twice), a Children’s Book Academy scholarship winner and graduate, and the winner of the Cynthia Levinson nonfiction picture book biography scholarship to the Writing Barn. She's an active member of debut author support groups Picture Book Buzz and Perfect2020PBs. Jolene is the author of Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader (Clear Fork, 2020) and Bionic Beasts: Saving Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks (Lerner, 2020). Jolene is represented by agent Kaitlyn Sanchez of Olswanger Literary. Learn more at www.jolenegutierrez.com.