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About Josh Funk

Full Bio:

Josh Funk writes silly stories such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series (including sequels The Case of the Stinky Stench, Mission Defrostable, Short & SweetThe Great Caper Caper, and the forthcoming Attack of the Scones in fall 2024), the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series (including How to Code a Sandcastle and How to Code a Rollercoaster), Dear UnicornDear DragonMy Pet Feet, the It's Not a Fairy Tale series (including It's Not Jack and the BeanstalkIt's Not Hansel and Gretel, It's Not Little Red Riding Hood, and It's Not the Three Little Pigs), the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series in conjunction with the New York Public Library (including Lost in the Library and Where Is Our Library?)Albie NewtonPirasaurs!, A Night at the Bookstore: A Barnsie & Noble Adventure, and more coming soon!

 

Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes manuscripts. Since the fall of 2015, Josh has presented (or virtually presented) at over 750 schools, classrooms, and libraries.

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For more information about Josh Funk, visit him at joshfunkbooks.com and on social media at @joshfunkbooks.

Medium Bio:

Josh Funk is a software engineer and the author of books like the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, How to Code a Sandcastle, Dear Unicorn, Dear Dragon, My Pet Feet, the ​It's Not a Fairy Tale series, Lost in the Library, and more. For more information about Josh, visit him at joshfunkbooks.com and on social media a@joshfunkbooks.

Short & Snappy Bio:

Josh Funk writes books for adults to read to children so that children fall in love with reading.

Very Short Bio:

Josh Funk writes books.

Bio Written by Josh's Cat:

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Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Josh Funk (Credit Carter Hasegawa)
Awards & Accolades

My Pet Feet

  • 2024-25 Young Hoosier Picture Book Award Nominee
  • 2023 Massachusetts Book Award Must-Read Picture Book
  • 2023 Official March Book Madness Picture Book Bracket Champion
  • 2023 Funniest Book for Kids Andie Award Winner (via Anderson's Bookshops)
  • 2022 Kids' Indie Next List Selection (Sep/Oct)
  • 2022 August Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Read This Next! Title

Dear Unicorn

  • 2023 Kids' Indie Next List Selection (Sep/Oct)

Dear Dragon

  • 2018-19 Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) Show Me Readers Award Nominee

  • 2018-19 Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee

  • 2017-18 Maine Chickadee Award Nominee

  • 2017 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year

  • 2017 International Literacy Association (ILA) Teacher’s Choice Reading List

  • 2017 SCBWI New England Crystal Kite Finalist

  • 2016 *Starred Review* from Kirkus

  • 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast

  • 2016 SCBWI New England Crystal Kite Finalist

  • 2016 Barnes & Noble National Storytime Selection on 1/2/16

  • 2015 Nerdy Book Club Award

The Case of the Stinky Stench

  • 2017 Summer Indie Kids' Next List Selection

  • 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Book of the Year Semifinalist

Mission Defrostable

  • 2018 Fall Indie Kids' Next List Selection

Short & Sweet

  • 2020 Fall Indie Kids' Next List Selection

  • 2020 *Starred Review* from School Library Journal

The Great Caper Caper

  • 2022 Kids' Indie Next List Selection (Nov/Dec)

How to Code a Sandcastle

  • 2019 ALSC El día de los niños / El día de los libros Selection

  • 2019 International Literacy Association (ILA) Teacher’s Choice Reading List

  • 2018 Smithsonian Ten Best Children's Books

  • 2018 Summer Kids' Indie Next List Selection

It's Not Little Red Riding Hood

  • 2022-23 Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) Show Me Readers Award Nominee

  • 2022 Iris Award Shortlist

  • 2021 Kids’ Book Choice Award Nominee for Favorite Early Reader Series

  • 2021 Kids’ Book Choice Award Nominee for Best Picture Book Duo

It's Not Hansel and Gretel

  • 2020-21 Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Grades 2-3 Honor Winner

  • 2020 International Literacy Association (ILA) Children’s Choice Reading List

  • 2020 Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) Picture This Recommendation List

  • 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Book of the Year Semifinalist

It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 2018 Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) Picture This Recommendation List

Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude

  • 2020 Mississippi Magnolia State Award Short List

  • 2020 Wisconsin Golden Archer Award Nominee

Interview Archive

Want to learn more about Josh? See below for several of the interviews he's done:

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