Meet the Author

Joan Sweeney

Portrait of Joan Sweeney

Joan Sweeney grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She used to spend Saturday mornings taking free art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. Now she lives in Evanston, Illinois. She has three "grown-up" children and five grandchildren. She has written many more books since she first wrote Me on the Map.


  • Joan Sweeney wrote her first book when she was six years old! It was called Penguin Island. Her father bought the only copy for a nickel.
  • She has worked as a reporter for a newspaper. When she was a little girl, she wanted to be just like Brenda Starr. Brenda Starr was a reporter in a comic strip that Joan Sweeney loved to read.

Photography Credit

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Other Books Written by Joan Sweeney

  • Bijou, Bonbon & Beau: The Kittens Who Danced for Degas
    (illustrated by Leslie Wu)
  • Me Counting Time: From Seconds to Centuries
    (illustrated by Annette Cable)
  • Me and My Amazing Body
    (illustrated by Annette Cable)
  • Me and My Family Tree
    (illustrated by Annette Cable)
  • Me and My Place in Space
    (illustrated by Annette Cable)