Hello! I’m Jodie and I’m an editor and writer of children’s fiction and nonfiction. I’m American and British and I live in Hertfordshire, in England.

I’ve published 12 books for kids, I have 8 more coming out in 2022 and 2023, and I have lots, lots more hidden in a closet that may (or may not) contain my secret stash of chocolate (it does) that I am hiding from my children. I can’t wait to share them with you (the books, not the chocolate. I never share chocolate.)


Here’s my official bio:

Jodie Parachini is an American/British author and editor who currently lives in Hertfordshire, England. Jodie has worked as a writer and researcher for museums around the world, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She is the author of numerous children’s books including The Grand Bug HotelHeroRat!, Listening to the Stars, and This Is a Serious Book. Her books have been awarded starred reviews by Kirkus, Booklist, and the School Library Journal. Jodie can be found at www.JodieParachini.com

Jodie is represented by Liza Pulitzer Voges at Eden Street Literary.

Shortlisted for the 2023 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
(for HeroRat: Magawa, A Lifesaving Rodent)

(for Dig It, Digby!)

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    Hello. I am Irish -British and live in Siem Reap in Cambodia with my partner a Cambodienne.

    I see that you wrote a book about Magawa, the heroic mine-sniffing rat. What a brilliant idea!

    Many would love to see it in Cambodian schools, but it’s FAR too expensive at $17 USD.

    Local books for kids retail at $2 / $3 / $4 and I’m beginning to to write a book to be published locally, with no thought of personal gain – I’m a retiree.

    I’m writing to you as a matter of courtesy to let you know.

    Without even the fleeting thought of ripping off – plagiarizing – your work, I want to write a book about the mine-sniffing rats to be published locally as a parallel text in English / Khmer / Chinese and, I hope, used in schools here.

    I wrote school texts before, in Malaysia, and college texts in Saudi Arabia.

    My *serious* work can be found on the internet: *Adams the Pilot* and *Orders for the Captain*

    With best wishes,

    Billy Corr


    1. Dear Billy,
      I think it’s fantastic that you want to write a book for the schools in Cambodia. What a great idea! I’ll write to my publisher to see whether there’s anything we can do about the pricing, but in the meantime, I think your book would be a very welcome sight in Cambodian schools. Very best wishes, Jodie


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