|Multifaceted author Jane Yolen spent her childhood in New York City, Virginia, and California. She attended Smith College, and after graduation began working at the Knopf publishing company. Yolen writes for adults, young adults, and children. Her first book for children, PIRATES IN PETTICOATS, was published in 1963. Her son, musician Adam Stemple, frequently collaborates with her on the songs that appear in her books. Jane Yolen is admired for her skill as an author, poet, playwright, and anthologist.