Jill Bryant is a Canadian writer who specializes in children’s nonfiction. Born in Toronto, Jill grew up in Elora and Eden Mills, Ontario. After university, she and her husband backpacked from England to India, which turned into a lifetime interest in travelling. Jill’s first book, Sew Your Own Bean Bag Friends, was published in 1998. She is the author of Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs, Dazzling Women Designers, Backyard Circus, Making Shadow Puppets, Amazing Women Athletes, and others.
When she isn’t writing books for children, Jill edits textbooks and educational materials. She has worked as an in-house editor and currently freelances for many publishers, including Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and Nelson. Jill used to enjoy contributing science articles to KNOW magazine. She was managing editor of KNOW from September 2011 until its closure in February 2012.
Swimming, canoeing, and cross-country skiing are among her favourite recreational activities. Jill has lived in Japan, the U.S., England, and Germany. She now makes her home in historic Kingston, Ontario with her husband and their two school-aged daughters.