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John Coy

John Coy is the author of young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and nonfiction and fiction picture books including Night Driving, Two Old Potatoes and Me, Hoop Genius, Game Changer, Their Great Gift, and My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Story. He has received numerous awards for his work including a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, and the Burr/Warzalla Award for Distinguished Achievement in Children’s Literature. He has visited schools and libraries around the state discussing the process of creating a book and working with students and adults on writing. He lives by the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and loves to travel.

Recent & Notable Works



Where We Come From, with Diane Wilson, Sun Yung Shin, and Shannon Gibney, Illustrated by Dion MBD (Lerner Books, 2022)

Dads, photographs by Wing Young Huie (Lerner Books, 2020)

If We Were Gone: Imagining the World Without People, illustrated by Natalie Capannelli (Lerner Books, 2020)

So Big and So Small, illustrated by Steph Lew (Beaming Books, 2020)

My Mighty Journey: a Waterfall’s Story, illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019)

On Your Way, illustrated by Talitha Shipman (Beaming Books, 2019)

Gap Life (Feiwel and Friends, 2016)

Their Great Gift, photographs by Wing Young Huie (Lerner Books, 2016)

Game Changer, illustrated by Randy DuBurke (Lerner Books, 2015)

For Extreme Sports-Crazy Boys Only (Feiwel & Friends, 2015)

Hoop Genius, illustrated by Joe Morse (Lerner Books, 2013)

Take Your Best Shot (Feiwel and Friends, 2012)

Love of the Game (Feiwel and Friends, 2011)

Eyes on the Goal (Feiwel and Friends, 2010)

Top of the Order (Feiwel and Friends, 2009)

Box Out (Scholastic, 2008)

Crackback (Scholastic, 2005)

Around the World, illustrated by Tom Lynch and Tony Reonegro (Lee and Low, 2005)

Two Old Potatoes and Me, illustrated by Carolyn Fischer (Random House, 2003)

Vroomaloom Zoom, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (Random House, 2000)

Strong to the Hoop, illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart (Lee and Low, 1999)

Night Driving, illustrated by Peter McCarty (Henry Holt, 1996)

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