My new passion is playing the ukulele.

My cat, Indiana Jones Cat--nicknamed "Indy".

I love to read!

Can you guess who the bookworm is?

Cox Family Band

I play bass guitar and sing in the duo, "Rewind".

Biography

Judy Cox--Children's Author

I grew up near San Francisco. As the oldest of five children, I loved to tell stories to my younger brother and sisters. Learning to read opened up the world of books, and at a young age I decided to become a writer. I started my first book at the age of eleven, but never even finished the first chapter! I continued to write through high school and college, and began amassing an impressive collection of rejection slips.

I earned a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and launched a career as an elementary teacher. It was perfect training for a children's writer, because I read so many great books. I taught Kindergarten through third grade in schools in Arizona, Oregon, and Idaho.

Mid-way through my teaching career, I took off several years to raise my son. While I was at home, I started to write down stories to amuse him, and to fictionalize incidents from my teaching experience. I had intended to write non-fiction and curriculum materials, but when I sat down to write, the words poured out as stories and poems. It was as if all the children I had taught over the years were now telling me stories.

I have published twenty-six children’s books, and more than thirty short stories in children’s magazines such as Cricket, Spider, and Highlights for Children.

My books have won several awards, including the Oregon Spirit Award, Nevada Young Reader’s Award, Children Choice list, ABA Pick of the Lists, CBC Best Books of 2000, and the Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award. In 2004, Elbrite Brown won the Coretta Scott King/​John Steptoe New Talent Award for his illustrations in My Family Plays Music. In December 2005, Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie! was selected by TIME magazine as one of the best children's books of 2005.One is A Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale was awarded an Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award in 2009. Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie! was named to TIME Magazine's Best Children's Books of 2009 list. My books have also been nominated for state awards in Maryland, Rhode Island, Oregon, Virginia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, Texas and Washington.

My children’s books are:

The West Texas Chili Monster
Now We Can Have a Wedding
Third Grade Pet
Mean, Mean Maureen Green
Rabbit Pirates: A Tale of the Spinach Main
Weird Stories from the Lonesome Café
Butterfly Buddies
Cool Cat, School Cat
Go to Sleep, Groundhog!
My Family Plays Music.
That Crazy Eddie and the Science Project of Doom
Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!
The Mystery of the Burmese Bandicoot
Mrs. Millie Goes to Philly!
Puppy Power
One is a Feast for Mouse
Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie!
The Case of the Purloined Professor
Cinco de Mouse-O!
Carmen Learns English
Nora and the Texas Terror
Haunted House, Haunted Mouse
The Secret Chicken Society
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Millie!
Snow Day for Mouse
Ukulele Hayley



My interests include music, reading, and bird watching. With my background in performing music and in teaching, I enjoy speaking at schools, conferences, festivals, workshops, and libraries. I live with my husband in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Selected Works

Award
Bank Street College of Education Best Books 2014
Award Winners
Oregon Spirit Award
Bank Street College of Education, Best Books of 2011
Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2011
TIME magazine Best Children's Books of 2009
Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award 2009
Children's Choices list 2009
TIME magazine Best Children's Books of 2005
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award 2004
Nevada Young Readers Award 2002
New Books
Join Mouse on his fourth adventure--a romp in the snow!
Mrs. Millie's Kindergartners surprise her with a pun-filled birthday party!
Mouse is back in a Halloween adventure.
Nora's rowdy cousin from Texas is coming to stay. Is Ellie as bad as Nora remembers? Junior Library Guild Selection