Jo Ann Banks                Writer of Stories, Poems, and Silly Songs

Welcome to my site!

Come on in and learn a little bit about me, a little bit about my writing, and a little bit about how to spell the word weird...

I write Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books,

Middle Grade, and Poetry.

(I also write silly songs, which is as fun as writing stories but more annoying for my family.)

  I was a guest reviewer on Good Reads With Ronna!


I am an active member of SCBWI,

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Here's what critiquers say...

  • "Jo Ann's stories are, at once, both whimsical and touching."
  • "These two endearing characters are portrayed in fun-to-read-aloud language."
  • "This story offers a wealth of illustration opportunities."
  • "Hey, this is really funny!"


  • Chapter Book manuscript The Weird Kid, won First Place in its category at SCBWI Los Angeles, 2014
  • Manuscript A Baaad Idea, A Sheep's Tale, won First Place in the Picture Book Category at SCBWI Los Angeles, 2012
  • Manuscript Goat Mountain Vacation, won Special Mention in the Picture Book Category at SCBWI Central-Coastal Writer's Day, 2010