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 graduating from the University of Waterloo, with a degree in English literature (drama minor), she and her partner 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, Amazing Women Athletes, Backyard Circus, Making Shadow Puppets, and others.
When she isn’t writing books for children, Jill works as an editor, project manager, and professional writer. In this capacity, she has focused on textbooks, educational materials, and scholarly manuscripts. She has worked as an in-house editor and a freelance editor/writer for many publishers, including Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and Nelson. For over five years, Jill enjoyed contributing children’s science articles to KNOW magazine. Then she took on the exciting and rewarding role of managing editor at KNOW, until its closure in 2012. Since 2015, she’s been a freelance project manager for the Educational Outreach department at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
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 teenage daughters.