About jim

A photo of Jim in a Superman shirt, sitting on a collection of branches. Jim is holding a notepad and looking into the distance.

About Jim

Jim Averbeck has eaten termites in the rainforest of Cameroon, drunk cobra wine while drifting down the Li River in Guangxi Province, and chased the moon’s shadow across Libya, China, and North America. He’s finally settled in the Rocky Mountains, eight miles west of the Great Divide, with his husband, dog, and the occasional herd of wild elk.

  • Jim is on social media!

School Visits

Jim is available for school visits in a variety of forms, including:

  • In-person (not currently available)
  • Individual remote session
  • Group remote session


Jim is available for mentoring and teaching at all levels, including:

  • For completed manuscripts
  • For general teaching
  • For kids


  • Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award
  • Marion Vannett Ridgway Award
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices/Best Books of the Year
  • Bank Street College Best Books of the Year
  • Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • Horn Book Best Concept Books
  • San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year
  • Amazon Best Books
  • Peace Corps Writers Award
  • Georgia Picture Book Award Nominee