HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Jane O’Connor

New York Times Best-selling Author of the Fancy Nancy Series


  • Fancy Nancy, Growing Up: From Picture Book Heroine to Chapter Book Star
  • How Fancy Nancy Came Into Existence
  • Writing Picture Books
  • The Importance of Beginning Readers
  • Writing for Children vs. Writing for Adults
  • My Double Life as a Writer and Editor
  • How I Stumbled into Children's Book Publishing


New York

Jane O'Connor has been writing books for children for more than 35 years. At last count, the total number of titles was 60, including the wildly popular children's series Fancy Nancy (HarperCollins). (Seven titles have been #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.). Chronicling the adventures of a young girl who loves all things glamorous, posh, and splendiferous, the Fancy Nancy series has now sold 20 million copies. There are also Fancy Nancy puzzles, dolls, games, and clothes; the most recent picture book, Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, has been adapted into a musical for kids, produced by New York City's Vital Theatre. O'Connor frequently appears at schools, libraries, and literacy events, to share her stories and characters with children and their families, as well as teachers and librarians.

O'Connor's first adult fiction novel, Dangerous Admissions (HarperCollins), debuted in August 2007 and received praise from The New York Times Books Review, School Library Journal, and Kirkus, as well as a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. The comical mystery delves into the competitive world of Manhattan's prestigious private schools in the much anticipated follow-up, Almost True Confessions (HarperCollins), is due to hit bookshelves in the summer of 2013.

A native New Yorker, O'Connor resides on the Upper West Side with her husband, Jim O'Connor. They have two grown sons and a rambunctious canine named Arrow. O'Connor is also Vice President and Editor-at-Large for Penguin Group USA.

Praise for Fancy Nancy:

"The message here is welcome -- fanciness (unlike physical beauty) is available to anyone with a can-do spirit -- and the writing is adorable." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Nancy is a hoot and her fashion-first message will resonate with many budding divas." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Exuberance, elan and lots of heart." -- Publisher's Weekly

"A delightful story of dress-up and cozy family love." -- Booklist

"Wonderfully energetic artwork." -- School Library Journal