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New Release! March 12, 2024

About Jane

My name is Jane Kohuth, and I write books for kids! I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, went to High School on Cape Cod, and now live and work in my old house surrounded by Great Albert Woods in Holliston, Massachusetts. I live with my husband Michael, my son Kameron, and my black and white cats, Esme and Pearl. 

I graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in English and Creative Writing and from Harvard Divinity School with a Master's Degree in Theological Studies. Though not all of what I’ve studied makes an appearance in my work (no Biblical Hebrew yet), the habits of creative thought and curiosity I developed in school help me every day. I’ve worked as a children's room library assistant, a writing teacher, and a children's bookseller and organizer of author events. I am currently a Jewish educator and the director of a Jewish supplementary school at a synagogue in Massachusetts.  I am represented by Bookmark Literary.

I am excited to announce that my newest picture book, SOMETHING ON THE HILL, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, is for sale as of March 12, 2024!  My other  books include DUCKS GO VROOM, ESTIE THE MENSCH, DUCK SOCK HOP and ANNE FRANK'S CHESTNUT TREE, all published by Penguin Random House and WHO'S GOT THE ETROG, a Sukkot holiday story, published by Kar-Ben.  THE DARK IS FOR, illustrated by Cindy Derby, will be published in 2025.


My books have appeared on several best of the year lists, including Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year, The Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Children's Books of the Year, The New York Public Library's Top Ten Picture Book Read-Alouds of the Year, The American Library Association's Great Early Elementary Reads, and Parent's Magazine's Twenty Best Books of the Year.  ANNE FRANK'S CHESTNUT TREE was named a NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Both ESTIE THE MENSCH and WHO'S GOT THE ETROG are PJ Library Books. To find out more about my books, please visit the Books section of this website.

If you'd like to know a little more about me, please click on About Me

If you might be interested in having me visit your school or organization, you can contact me at You can also take a look at the Author Visits section of this website for more information.

Reviews of Something on the Hill

The rural settings are rendered with the softness of pastels, lots of texture, and beautiful earth tones while always keeping the focus on the charmingly drawn animals. Text flows with equal charm as the critters interact; the scenes work perfectly with the illustrations to build suspense for the big reveal.

* School Library Journal, Starred Review

. . . a jubilant tribute to creaturely instincts as well as bonds that endure seasonal transitions.

Publisher’s Weekly

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