Jill Ammon Vanderwood is the 2008 Writer of the Year for the League of Utah Writers. She is the author of four children's fiction books: Through the Rug; Through the Rug 2: Follow that Dog; Stowaway: The San Francisco Adventures of Sara the Pineapple Cat; and Santa's Mysterious Boot, a new Christmas picture book for 2015.
Her teen nonfiction books include What's it Like Living Green: Kids Teaching Kids by the Way They Live. This book is the winner of the National Indie Excellence Award; The Teen Development Award, the USA Book News Best Books Award and the Silver Quill from the League of Utah Writers. Drugs Make You Un-Smarter is a joint effort between Jill Ammon Vanderwood and her granddaughter, Savanna Peterson. This book is a finalist in The Indie Excellence Awards, a winner of the Gold Quill Award from the League of Utah Writers and a Silver Winner of the Mom's Choice Awards. Shaking Behind the Microphone, Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking is the author's first book for adults. This book is the Winner of the Gold Quill from the League of Utah Writers and the USA Book News, Best Books Award.
The author is introducing her latest book, Erase the Problem of Bullying in 2015. This is a teen book which addresses bullying from the perspective of the bully and those who are being bullied.
Jill is an experienced writer, and speaker. She has taught workshops for writers, as well as being a keynote speaker for the League of Utah Writers. She speaks at school assemblies, teaches writing assignments in classrooms at schools, has spoken at drug rehabs, boys and girls clubs, church groups, summer camps and scout troops. She is interviewed for radio and television.
Jill grew up in Oregon, the third of eleven children. Jill and her husband Bill are parents of four and grandparents of nine, with two great-grandsons. They have recently moved to Southern Idaho.
Jill loves going on adventures with her grandchildren, she loves to travel and tries to write something every day.>> Media Page <<
Bullying, discrimination, teasing, and abuse are harmful. Some violate your civil rights, as well. And all of them are wrong.
Bullies nearly kept NBA All Star James Donaldson from a successful basketball career. Abby was bullied by her friends' parents because of her mom's occupation. Federal prisoner Cedric Dean learned at a young age to bully others to get what he wanted, but now works to educate troubled youth. Their stories, along with many others, offer insight into bullying from the perspective of both the victim and the bully.
Experts, from authors to retired court judges, share information and resources to help both kids and parents learn their rights and ways to protect from bullying.
Others have survived bullying and built successful lives.
You can, too.>> Buy on Amazon <<
Santa is trying out a special boot this year to make snow in places like New Zealand where it's summer in December.
There are buttons along the side of the boot that not only make snow. One button plays Christmas music, one spays a mist to help children have gingerbread dreams, and the other button makes the boot turbo charged to help Santa get up the chimney.
This book is expected to come out in the fall of 2016.
Do you suffer from the fear of public speaking? You are not alone. In the book, Shaking Behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking, Jill Vanderwood shares her story of being terrified to speak in public. She now speaks to groups and teaches workshops without fear.
You will read about others who struggle with this common fear and those who had a choice to either learn public speaking or risk losing their job. Learn tips from experts; read about kids who learned public speaking at an early age, and stories from performers who tell others how to perform without fear. You will also acquire untraditional solutions for overcoming fear and anxiety.
Taking steps toward overcoming the fear of public speaking will put you on the road to living a better life.>> Click to Enter Website << >> Buy on Amazon <<
Fifteen-year-old Savanna Peterson went beyond the expectations of others and took a stand against drugs; even though her older brother has parties while her mom is at work, the cops are watching her house, and her dad spent most of her life in prison, for drugs.
You will read about other kids who took the hard road to drug abuse and found their way back. Learn about drugs and the myths and lies behind them, and hear about goal oriented kids who, like Savanna have made a choice to remain drug free.>> Click to Enter Website << >> Buy on Amazon <<
In What's It Like Living Green? You'll learn how other kids live green, along with tips on recycling, reusing and environmental awareness. Learn clean energy ideas as simple as putting on a sweater rather than turning up the heat. You'll see how kids like you can save the earth. Meet a teenage girl who learned to drive with a car fueled by used cooking grease. Read about a boy who raised funds to build his first well to provide clean water for a whole village, when he was only seven years old. You will learn simple ways to help the environment, help others, and even earn some money.>> Click to Enter Website << >> Leap for Literacy Campaign << >> Buy on Amazon <<
Come along with ten-year-old Alyssa, a colorful dog named Domino an absent minded grandmother and a persistent dogcatcher as they fall through the rug. Your adventure will take you to Wishville where all wishes are granted. Swim with the fishes, meet up with pirates, and spend the night at the zoo. Discover the magic of more hours in the day, and enjoy every adventure you fall into. You will leave Wishville knowing you can return at any time.>> Click to Enter Website << >> Buy on Amazon <<
The dogcatcher returns for Grandma Emma's dog Domino, or is it the rug he's after? Grandma and Alyssa follow Domino through the rug, back to Wishville, where all wishes are granted. Domino outsmarts the dogcatcher, and makes sure things don't turn out well for a bank robber with a bag full of money. Alyssa falls into the nest of a strange bird and Grandma's most embarrassing moment is broadcast on national television. Rub your return token and come to Wishville, for more fun adventures and magical mishaps. Follow That Dog is a winning recipe for fun.>> Click to Enter Website << >> Buy on Amazon <<
Each book in this picture book series has a different author and a different illustrator.
Sara, the Pineapple Cat has a mind of her own behind that cute little face. When David, Susan, one-year-old twins, Adam and Amanda, and Susan's mother decide to take a short vacation to San Francisco, Sara is supposed to stay at home. Sara, the Pineapple Cat needs a vacation, too, and has plans of her own! This is the fourth in a series of "Sara, the Pineapple Cat" children's books.>> Click to Enter Website << >> Buy on Amazon <<
Author Jill Vanderwood is included in the documentary video, Achieve Your Ultimate Success. From director and executive producer, Justin Sachs, comes and inspiring movie giving viewers the specific tools, strategies, and principles they need to become successful in any area of life. When faced with the most confronting challenges, these are the systems people need to achieve their ultimate success. Join the movement for success and learn everything you need for creating the results you want in your business and throughout your life.>> Click to Enter Website << >> Buy on Amazon <<