Biography of Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is an American author of novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences. He was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in neighboring Maryland. Reynolds was deeply inspired by rap music in his youth, and he began writing poetry at a young age. Reynolds was seventeen before he read a novel from cover to cover. He graduated from the University of Maryland, where he met his friend and collaborator Jason Griffin. Reynolds cites his experience working at Karibu Books, a D.C. bookstore chain, as being an important moment in his discovery of African-American literature.

Upon his graduation from the University of Maryland, Reynolds moved to New York. He worked alongside Griffin to create a visual art and poetry book. The work was later published by HarperTeen, the young-adult imprint of Harper Collins Publishing. Reynolds was deeply inspired by the works of Walter Dean Myers. In 2014, Reynolds published When I Was The Greatest. The novel was highly praised, and Reynolds received the 2015 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent from the American Library Association.

Reynolds has written many books that have been published for young-adult audiences. Some of these works include The Boy in the Black Suit, As Brave as You, and the Track series. He is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Medal honoree, a Printz Award honoree, and a National Book Award finalist. Stamped, his history book for young adults written in collaboration with Ibram X. Kendi, was released in March 2020. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.


Study Guides on Works by Jason Reynolds

All American Boys was published in 2015 and written by Jason Reynolds. The book was co-authored with Brendan Kiely.

Jason Reynolds was born in Washington DC in 1983. He has an degree in English from The University of Maryland. He has written...