Jim is the author and illustrator of Dear Dumb Diary®, a New York Times Bestselling series which has sold nearly 10 million novels, and is printed in more than a dozen languages. He also co-wrote and produced a made-for-tv musical based on the collection.
He’s creator of many licensed properties, including It’s Happy Bunny®, the licensing hit that has generated over ¾ of a thousand dollars. The It’s Happy Bunny books are selected three times by the American Librarians Association as their top picks for teen readers, and It’s Happy Bunny programs have obtained top awards by the Licensing Industry Merchandising Association five occasions. Jim’s anti-drug program for middle school kids for The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has won three Addy awards and also a Governor’s celebrity.
Jim’s collection Franny K. Stein™, has sold over a million books, and can be in over 15 languages and Braille.
The National cartoonist Society (NCS) awarded Jim with two divisional Reuben awards.
The End (Almost), Benton’s picture book, was recently given a NAPPA gold award (National Parenting Publication Award.)
Jim’s book Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. Was nominated for an Eisner Award and contains a sequel titled Man, I Hate Cursive coming out this fall.
Other upcoming projects include a new young reader collection, two board books, and a brand new gift book.
To learn more about Jim, see at www.jimbenton.com
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